By Steve Corkran
Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 11:54 am in Oakland Raiders.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October, the fourth such time he has garnered the award.
Janikowski converted 10 of 11 field goal attempts in three games last month, with his lone miss coming from 64 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Later that game, Janikowski kicked a game-winning 40-yard field goal.
Janikowski has won the award three of the past six times it has been doled out. He also received the nod in 2001.
He has converted 18 of 19 field-goal attempts this season. He also has made 43 straight field goals from less than 40 yards.
We’ll try to get a comment from Janikowski in the locker room during the media-access period.
– Defensive tackle Richard Seymour returned to practice today after missing one day. Coach Dennis Allen said Seymour’s day off Wednesday had more to do with giving him some added rest than it did with Seymour’s chronically sore knee.
– Center Stefen Wisniewski and running back Mike Goodson are practicing today for the second straight day. That portends their being healthy enough to play Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) are not practicing once again. This makes it likely that they won’t play Sunday after missing the past five games.
– No word yet on whether Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers has sold enough tickets for the game to be televised locally. Official word is expected within an hour or so.
The Raiders need to sell only 85 percent of the tickets for the game to be televised locally because they took advantage of a new league rule this season that permits teams to go that route.
– The Raiders have one hour or so to pull off a trade before the deadline hits at 1 p.m.
The Raiders traded for quarterback Carson Palmer in advance of the deadline last season after starter Jason Campbell suffered what turned out to be a season-ending collarbone injury.
Allen said the Raiders will keep their eyes open to see if there are any trades worth making. After the deadline hits, teams can’t make any trades until the offseason.