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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Raiders Injury Update: Sebastian Janikowski, Sio Moore


By on 8/23/2014 04:39:00 PM

Oakland Raiders’ place kicker Sebastian Janikowski and line backer Sio Moore were both injured this past week. Janikowski was scratched for week three’s game due to a quad injury, while Moore was carted off the field with a neck sprain Friday against the Green Bay Packers.

The news about Janikowski was reported by CSN Bay Area reporter Scott Bair via twitter.

Rotowire weighed in on the fantasy implications of Janikowski’s injury. Per rotowire.com, “This is the first we've heard of Janikowski dealing with a quad injury, and it's unclear how serious it is. We should know more about his status next week, but for now it doesn't seem like anything that would put his status for Week 1 in jeopardy.”

As for Sio Moore, his injury was quite more serious. According to CBSSports.com, “Raiders LB Sio Moore was taken to the hospital after suffering a neck injury in the second quarter of Oakland's game against Green Bay. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said after the game that Moore's X-rays came back negative. Although Moore did suffer a neck sprain, the 24-year-old has been OK'd to fly back to Oakland with the team.”

The injury apparently occurred when, “Moore was pursuing Packers running back DuJuan Harris…he appeared to get hit on the side of the head by Green Bay's John Kuhn. Moore went straight to the ground after taking the hit and was laying face down for almost 10 minutes...Packers fans gave Moore a loud ovation as he was taken off the field. Moore then gave the fans at Lambeau Field a thumbs up.”

While Janikowski will most likely be back for the start of the regular season, Moore’s condition is still up in the air at this point.

Out of the University of Connecticut, Moore averaged 89.3 tackles, 5.3 sacks and 1.3 interceptions in his final three seasons. Drafted by the Raiders in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Moore recorded 50 tackles, 4.5 sacks and four tackles for loss in 2013. His loss could be huge for a new-look Raider defense that features the likes of rookie LB Khalil Mack, DE Justin Tuck and many other seasoned veterans.


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