Raiders sign Daluiso to kick against Jets

With Sebastian Janikowski still hospitalized with an infection in his kicking foot, the Raiders moved to fill their kicking void by signing veteran Brad Daluiso on Thursday. Daluiso, who played the last eight seasons for the New York Giants, is expected to handle all the kicking duties this Sunday when Oakland hosts the Jets.

Daluiso had been staying at his home in San Diego ''playing a lot of golf,'' he said, when the Raiders came calling. Daluiso, 34, has made 76.2 percent of his field goal attempts during a 10-year NFL career. His best season came in 1997 when he made 24 of 27 kicks, while last year with the Giants Daluiso was 17-for-23. He does not have the leg strength of Janikowski, though, and is just 32-for-63 from beyond 40 yards in his career. ''I obviously know this is a team that's not a team to try to establish a long-term career with,'' said Daluiso. ''Sebastian's a good young kicker and he'll be back. I've played long enough to know what my role is on this team.'' Actually, Daluiso is in a win-win situation. At the very least he picks up a quick paycheck, and there is the opportunity to play in the playoffs, depending upon how long Janikowski remains unable to play. Prior to Sunday's regular-season finale against the Jets, Daluiso had kicked at Networks Associates Coliseum just once. That came in 1998 while he was still a member of the Giants. Daluiso had spent the entire week before the game pysching himself up to kick off the infield dirt at the Net and felt pretty good about things when he kicked a 38-yard field goal off the dirt. ''Then we got a penalty and I had to re-kick it,'' said Daluiso. ''I missed.'' Just how long Daluiso remains with the Raiders is up for debate. If they receive the first-round bye, it's likely the veteran kicker will have a one-and-done stay with the team. But if Oakland can't get the bye and is forced to play this weekend, the possibility is fairly high the Raiders would keep him around for insurance. ''We're hoping Brad can come in and kick like he has at the high points of his career,'' said Gruden. NOTES Wide receiver Jerry Rice remained in Mississippi on Thursday to be with his ailing father. Gruden said there is a chance that Rice will return to the team in time to play against the Jets, but Oakland has been moving ahead with plans to start second-year player Jerry Porter in case Rice is unable to rejoin the team. ''Jerry's ready to play mentally,'' said Gruden. ''Physically, unless we screw him up as a coaching staff he's going to be a good receiver for a long time as long as he stays focused.'' The Raiders practiced for the second straight day at Foothill High School in Pleasanton. Team owner Al Davis told reporters that Mike Madden, son of former Raiders head coach John Madden, helped arrange an agreement between the team and the high school allowing Oakland to use the facilities. Gruden said the team's practice Thursday was encouraging, with right tackle Lincoln Kennedy, left tackle Barry Sims and cornerback Charles Woodson all returning to workouts. Woodson was the most limited of the four, though he did return punts in practice. Right guard Mo Collins also inched closer to returning to action. While Frank Middleton is expected to start against the Jets, Gruden said the Collins would likely suit up and be available to play.

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