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Raiders place DE Mario Edwards Jr. on injured reserve

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Mario Edwards Jr. was placed on injured reserve and will miss at least half the Raiders' season. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Mario Edwards Jr. was placed on injured reserve and will miss at least half the Raiders’ season. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders placed second-year defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. on injured reserve Monday, costing him at least half of the 2016 season.

Edwards injured his hip early in the first exhibition game of the season, an ailment that didn’t require surgery and was expected to initially sideline him 4-6 weeks.

But the Raiders appear to be taken extra caution with the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Edwards, the team’s second-round pick in 2015. By going on IR, Edwards must sit out for at least the first six weeks of the season. He could then return to practice, but would have to miss at least eight games before he could play again.┬áHe could return to practice beginning Oct. 17 and the first game he’d be eligible is Nov. 6 against the Denver Broncos.

The NFL this year removed the requirement that teams designate a player to return at the time they are placed on IR. Instead, a team has the option to activate one player per season from injured reserve but they must miss at least six weeks of practice and eight weeks overall.

Edwards had a strong rookie season with 41 tackles, 2.0 sacks, three passes defended and three forced fumbles. He made 10 starts and played in every game until suffering a serious neck injury Week 15 against the Green Bay Packers. His future was in question for much of the early offseason before he received medical clearance to return.

Versatile enough to play both inside and outside on the Raiders flexible defensive front, Edwards showed signs of being a stout run defender with an ability to rush the passer last season.

The Raiders have depth on their defensive line, but Edwards is one of the more key members of that line and a solid starter when healthy. It’s likely either Dan Williams or Denico Autry moves into the starting lineup in his place. The Raiders will release an updated depth chart on Tuesday.

The team also added defensive end Jason Fanaika and linebacker Curtis Grant to fill up their practice squad. They also have an open spot on the active roster to fill in Edwards’ place.

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Jimmy Durkin

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

  • BABY AL

    WOW

  • Ken SnakeLer

    True. We’ll see. I think the front 7 will look much better come Sunday.

  • BABY AL

    When I go to Reno or Vegas. Silver n black float everywhere

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    From 2008 to 2011 I traveled from Truckee for every homegame unless I-80 was closed, which was only once that I can remember.

  • SlvrnBlck478

    Not fumbling and dropping a td pass. Plus more to be a running back then running. How’s his pass protection?

  • Fugazi

    Some people just can’t help being stupid

  • DutchRaid

    And they kept the “DB” Hamilton on the team…basically just a KR/PR…”secret Weapon!”

  • BABY AL

    Dude! You are from truckee. Your not a real Raider fan!

  • raiderfanmikep

    when i moved to tampa i had on Raider gear and someone asked me “i guess since you live in tampa now your a buc fan.” i said “hell no just because I live here doesn’t mean I have to be a local fan!”

  • raider68

    “Turned the franchise around?” What, from embarrassing to only slightly bad?

  • RaiderCODE

    not dropping wide open TD’s? not fumbling, not missing tackles to give up 40 yard punt returns… stuff like that… yes he runs fast in a straight line but football is much more than that, GA3 will be waived from Clev before week 4

  • R8erEduc8er

    If NFL starting defenses allow GA3 to run outside, the D coordinator should be fired on the spot. Only player somewhat similarly built like GA3 and wasn’t afraid to run between the tackles was Chris Johnson and we know GA3 is no CJ.

  • Ken SnakeLer

    This whole “veteran nod” thing is a little too PC for me. Are these not professional athletes? Do all teams do this?

  • Dan78

    Don’t listen to Bauce of Dr. Death… They fell off the special tree…

  • BABY AL

    How many of you “Oakland” fans dropped off the wagon when WE left to LA

  • Fugazi

    Yep

  • RaiderCODE

    non existent – put him in there with the 1’s and he goes nowhere – has no wiggle – and he fumbles way too much – oh and he can’t catch for sheet ..

    but he is fast though

  • raiderfanmikep

    if Oakland/East Bay fans supported them thru bad/good times,, why is there a tarp on the stadium to avoid blackouts? why does the city not want to pay a dime to keep them? public outcry should be demanding the city pay for the whole stadium!

  • Guest123

    I hope so. I have to admit it has me nervous.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    One fumble, and one dropped pass… what is the correlated worth to the four touchdowns and the yards that he gained?

    In the final game he was mentioned for a “great protection block.” So I don’t know…

    I don’t think that I’m qualified to answer your question.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Brien would never say something like that to me. He was the first poster I met and he’s my friend.

  • Dakota

    I’d say not to worry about it…..but an athlete….things like that might actually bother them lol.

  • They’re called 49er fans now

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    I guess time will tell

  • BABY AL

    BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

  • RaiderCODE

    force him inside and he goes nowhere – and he’s always a threat to fumble… he’s like another Taiwan Jones… but sucks even worse –

  • Dakota

    Conditional luv.

  • Dan78

    Well he says it constantly to fans from so cal… He’s told me in the past that Raider Nation is just a cliche if your not from Oakland than we are not real fans…

  • Dakota

    Browns have listed Pryor as their #1 WR and GA3 as their #1 RB. Woooot!

  • r8dercain

    He picks up the blitz

  • LOL

  • DutchRaid

    Dude, you are part of that post….you live in the Bay Area…and you don’t go to the games. 1 or 2 games a year doesn’t count as a die-hard raider fan.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    I know… thank God I moved to the Peninsula from 2003 to 2008 before returning to Truckee with a “Real Raider Fan Card.” I got to keep it and when I moved down to SF in 2011 fro Truckee I remembered to bring it with me so I wouldn’t have to go through the application process all over again.

  • BABY AL

    They want Mark to pay every last penny. The OAKLAND fans know the county/city are not paying one dime so they put everything on Mark

  • R8RCatDave

    Was going to congratulate you, but I fact checked, lol

  • BABY AL

    LMAO…

  • R8erEduc8er

    Yep. We’ve cried in our beers together during the down years

  • RaiderCODE

    the two runs against Cards were impressive, for sure – but then he looked like crap in the next 2 games, then against Titans he played horribly until they gave him a one yard plunge for a TD and thee botched short kickoff where the coverage was terrible – against players not even in the NFL… 3rd preseason GA3 has been on the team, he has scholarship b/c of his Dad, and he still cant beat out a UDFA tryout player…

  • Ken SnakeLer

    Hue. Is. A. Genius.

  • r8dercain

    An you’re letting hatred get the best of you..but I guess one is entitled to there dumb ass opinion

  • Raiderkoolaid

    No doubt GA3 has some skills, but wasn’t he a backup at Notre Dame?

  • inonewordraider

    I was in hawaii and they streamed a preseason game because there was couple of us asking for the raider game

  • RaiderCODE

    Hatred? who’s hating?

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    It looked to me like he beat him out by default of production on the game field… but that’s why they’re the coaches and I’m just a fan.

  • r8dercain

    Not true

  • SB3

    Must be a really crappy roster

  • BABY AL

    And you are part of the post Of the narrsasstic OAKLAND fans that are out there. So if I had both legs amputated and couldnt go anywhere and followed my team every Sunday. I’m not a die hard Raider fan?

  • RaiderCODE

    if there were *any* legit reason to keep GA3 over Richard, believe me they would…. the name alone is important to Mark

  • Dan78

    A Raider fan from LA..

  • RaiderCODE

    Build a Bully