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.”