Raiders coach Jack Del Rio divulged some injury information on Monday, announcing that defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (hip) will be “out for a while” and tight end Gabe Holmes (ankle) is likely headed for season-ending injured reserve.
“Mario is going to be a out a few weeks, that’s unfortunate,” Del Rio said. “He will return and is not going to require surgery.”
ProFootballTalk reported Sunday that Edwards has a hip strain and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Holmes, meanwhile, has a “pretty significant high ankle sprain” that also includes a fracture of one of the bones in his ankle.
“I would anticipate he’ll end up going on IR,” Del Rio said.
A trip to injured reserve would end the season for Holmes, who was pushing to make the team as the No. 3 tight end.
Edwards will presumably miss at least a couple of games, with Denico Autry likely filling his void. Second-round pick Jihad Ward had already been starting on the left side of the defensive line.
The Raiders also saw starting middle linebacker Ben Heeney leave practice Monday with some sort of left leg injury. Heeney got tangled up with tight end Mychal Rivera while defending him on a deep pass play and hobbled off the field and eventually to the locker room.
Heeney, whose fiancee gave birth to a daughter on Sunday, left the facility for a while after practice, possibly to have some tests run, and later returned about an hour after practice ended. He was walking on his own power but with a limp and later tweeted, “I’m good!”