by Matt Kawahara
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said today that kicker Sebastian Janikowski has a sore groin but nothing more -- good news for the Raiders after Janikowski left last night's preseason game against Detroit early when he pulled up limping on a kickoff return.
"He's basically got a sore groin," Allen said on a conference call. "He's a little tight, but it doesn't seem to be a real pull, defect in the muscle or anything like that. So I don't anticipate it being a big deal."
Allen said as of right now he expects Janikowski to be ready for the season opener Sept. 10. Whether Janikowski kicks again in the preseason will depend on how he feels, but the main priority is having him ready to face the Chargers, so don't expect the Raiders to push him this week. Looks like Eddy Carmona, who hit a 56-yard field goal on his lone attempt against the Lions, will be sticking around for a little while longer.
* Center Stefen Wisniewski was out jogging on the field before Saturday's game and looked like he was moving well. But Allen said he's not ready to return to the field and probably won't play in the Raiders' final preseason game on Thursday at Seattle. Allen said there haven't been any setbacks with Wisniewski's recovery from a calf injury suffered Aug. 13, but the calf just isn't responding as they had hoped.
* Allen wasn't ready to say when receivers Jacoby Ford (foot) and Denarius Moore (hamstring) might return, but said both are making progress. Ford has been able to take the protective boot off his left foot and "walk pain-free," Allen said. Moore ran routes on the field before the Detroit game and still sounds on track to be back for the opener.
* One player who Allen said stood out on defense against the Lions was end Lamarr Houston. Houston lined up both outside and inside -- the latter when the Raiders played their nickel defense -- and was in on a team-high eight tackles, including two for loss.
* Allen said the Raiders are "in the process" of making their first round of roster cuts, but declined to get into specifics. Rosters must be cut to 75 players by 1 p.m. tomorrow, so likely we'll have some answers when the Raiders get out to practice tomorrow morning. Rosters must be cut to 53 players on Friday.