The Raiders announced Tuesday that they’ve released running back Roy Helu Jr., who last week had been placed on injured reserve.
Helu, a product of Danville’s San Ramon Valley High, struggled during his only season in Oakland. He played in just nine games and had only 39 yards on 17 carries, plus another 75 yards on nine receptions.
Helu, who missed most of last year’s training camp with injuries, add offseason surgery on both of his hips that was designed to increase his flexibility.
Del Rio, when speaking about Helu following his placement on IR last week, made it clear the Helu’s decision to go under the knife was his own and that he was disappointed with the 2015 production of the player who had once been a valuable third-down back in Washington.
“We hoped to get a little more last year out of him,” Del Rio said Friday of Helu. “He elected to have some things done this year in the offseason and at this point we’re going to move forward with the team.”
At the of his IR placement, it was largely expected the team would come to an injury settlement with Helu and release him. The two-year deal Helu signed before last season came with no guarantees and thus his release will not have any salary cap ramifications.