Raiders continue to play waiting game with Mario Edwards Jr.

The Raiders still don't know much about Mario Edwards Jr.'s neck injury. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders still don’t know much about Mario Edwards Jr.’s neck injury. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Raiders are continuing to play the waiting game on the significant neck injury suffered by rookie defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr.

“He’s got to have some series of test that he’s going to have to go over here in the next month or so,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday. “Once we find out that, we’ll have some more answers. But right now, it’s still the same. We just don’t know.”

Edwards, the Raiders’ second-round pick who was having a strong debut season, was injured Dec. 20 against the Green Bay Packers and missed the final two games. But McKenzie revealed after a Super Bowl week event at the Moscone Center that Edwards’ injury — specifics of which remain unknown or undisclosed — might have existed for much longer.

“I think it’s taking time because it’s more that he was probably born with it or that he’s had, so it’s not like something that’s happened,” McKenzie said. “This is something that is, you could call it genetic or whatever, but he’s had since his youth.”

McKenzie said the issue was discovered after he was hurt against Green Bay and doctors are continuing to see if time will help. He didn’t even want to discuss if Edwards’ career could be in jeopardy.

“I’d guess anything’s a possibility, but I’m going to let the doctors fill me in on stuff like that,” McKenzie said. “He’s a great person, he’s a great player. I don’t want to even think along those lines right now.”


Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • 24

    That’s true of course but you don’t mess with the heart often either and there’s DJ Hayden and TJ Carrie and even the old and decrepit Peyton Manning survived neck infusion to come back and be a grandpa in the Superbowl.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Factu too!

  • 24

    New Post

  • Crawfish II

    I have faith in the Davis-Libby tandem to get it done. Marks options are few. If any. And Libby doesn’t want to be the goat if the Raiders leave. A win/win situation is brewing. The answer is brewing in the wind.

  • Dave

    Nuevo posto

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You know why the yen and the dollar rise and fall against each other?
    Fluck you Americans, too.


    People need to stop saying that this is all his fault. Things like doing the math with the money they think is available, and that Oakland is where the Raiders belong and he needs to stop talking to other cities, etc. are uninformed and extremely short-sighted.

    Oakland is currently amateur hour compared to the Adelsons, Wynns and Red McCombs’ of the world. I don’t blame Mark for being frustrated. He’s trying to do what’s best for the franchise while still hoping against hope that he can get something done in Oakland.

    Folks forget that it’s a whole lot easier to stay than it is to pick up and move. I do think Mark wants to stay in Oakland, but I think he’s running out of patience. Can’t say that I blame him.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Much worse. People in those days read REAL sports journalism. Al was, well, a bastard. People thought they’d have deals with him, and pow, next day, next week, he’d say they never had a deal.

    It was a pattern of behavior that persisted in his dealings with cities in SoCal.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Are they all going on meth? Booze? What?

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    That is, I am sure, what Jerry means by “a coalition,” something Mark has never tried whereas it’s the FIRST thing a real businessman does.


    Yes those are the ones I’m talking about

  • X-raiderd 1

    Johnny you the one who needs to kick rocks and move on! Mario gonna come back better than ever! JUST WIN BABY!

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