Mario Edwards Injury: Updates on Raiders DE's Hip and Return

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 29:  Mario Edwards Jr. #97 of the Oakland Raiders warming up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on November 29, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Raiders defeated the Titans 24-21.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Oakland Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards suffered a hip injury during the team's preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 12 and had to be carted to the locker room. He has been placed on injured reserve, and it is unclear when he will return.

Continue for updates.

Edwards Placed on IR

Monday, Sept. 5

The Raiders announced the roster move Monday after Adam Caplan of ESPN, citing a source, reported the Raiders were expected to do so. However, Edwards is expected to return at some point during the season, per Caplan.

Del Rio Comments on Edwards' Injury

Monday, Aug. 15

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters Edwards won't need surgery to recover from his hip injury.

Latest on Edwards' Timeline for Return

Sunday, Aug. 14

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported Edwards is expected to miss four to six weeks with a strained hip. 

Edwards Hoping to Build on Rookie Campaign 

Edwards, 22, is coming off a solid, if unspectacular, rookie season for the Raiders, registering 42 tackles, 2.0 sacks and three forced fumbles. He certainly showed his potential against the Minnesota Vikings in November, notching 11 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. 

The hope for the second-year player out of Florida State is that he can continue to develop as an impact player alongside budding superstar Khalil Mack and pass-rushing specialist Bruce Irvin. Edwards grew throughout his rookie season as a dynamic and versatile defensive lineman who was both solid against the run and a capable pass-rusher.

Injuries are becoming a concern for Edwards, however, as his 2015 campaign was cut short in Week 15 after he suffered what was reported to be potentially a career-threatening neck injury. Thankfully, Edwards was able to undergo a full recovery.

The team will be hoping this latest setback isn't an indication that Edwards will be injury-prone throughout his career.

With Edwards sidelined, Denico Autry and Jihad Ward will be called upon to play an even bigger role for the team on the defensive line.


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