By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, October 21st, 2011 at 2:37 pm in Oakland Raiders.
A little behind subbing for Steve . . . more later . .
While there was determination Friday on whether Carson Palmer would start for the Raiders at quarterback against the Kansas City Chiefs, coach Hue Jackson had another dilemma on his hands _ the status of place kicker Sebastian Janikowski.
The Raiders had three kickers in at the close of practice for tryouts. Although there was no confirmation from the team, they were Rhys Lloyd, Ricky Schmitt and Dave Rayner.
Janikowski was moving stiffly during the early portion of practice, loading footballs into a JUGS gun to give return specialists a workout. He was officially listed as questionable with a left hamstring strain.
“It’s a huge part of our football team if he can’t go,’’ Jackson said. “I’m not going ot make any excuses. If he can’t go, he can’t go. We’ll get somebody that can. That’s the way it goes. We’ll be fine.’’
Janikowski is 12-for-13 on field goal attempts and 5-for-6 from 50 yards and beyond, with his lone miss this season coming from 56 yards. He tied the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in Week 1.
Meanwhile, Kyle Boller opened practice as the starting quarterback for the third straight day. Jackson has never wavered from his stance of not making a decision until he has all the relevant information.
ESPN originally reported Palmer was expected to start, but reversed its field Friday and reported Palmer was unlikely to play.
“I’ll make the right decision as we draw closer to the game,’’ Jackson said. “I’m not in a rush. I’m gion got watch this team, watch the practice tape, sit down, meet with my staff, talk to upper management, Amy Trask and Mark Davis and make the right decision.’’
Palmer was available for a short time before heading to a meeting.
“I’m getting prepared. I’m getting as prepared as I can,’’ Palmer said. “I’m excited about the opportunity (to be) just around the field, let alone get a chance to play.’’
Whatever decision Jackson makes, the end result will be before a local television audience. The Raiders announced a sellout, meaning all four regular-season games will be televised.