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Mario Edwards says he’s been cleared to return from neck injury

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Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards was placed on injured reserve late in his rookie year because of a neck injury that created some uncertainty about his future in the NFL.

Edwards’ injury was described by coach Jack Del Rio as “significant” at the time he was shut down for the season and Del Rio said a few months ago that the team was still hoping for a good outcome while waiting to find out if Edwards would be cleared to return to action. It appears they got that outcome.

Edwards posted an update to his Instagram account Friday announcing that he “got the final clearance I needed to return back to the game I love.”

Edwards played 14 games as a rookie and made 10 straight starts before he hit injured reserve. He had 42 tackles, two sacks and three forced fumbles up front for the Raiders and should resume a prominent role up front in Oakland as long as he remains healthy.

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19 Responses to “Mario Edwards says he’s been cleared to return from neck injury”
  1. theghostofaldavis says: May 6, 2016 12:28 PM

    MEJ is going to BEAST OUT this season! It’s no surprise that Mack seemed to pick up the sack production once this guy got more playing time and crushed the pocket from the other side.

    The S&B are about to unleash Hell on opposing QBs…


  2. hanspard says: May 6, 2016 12:39 PM

    GREAT news! This guy is a very good and versatile piece of their defense. Strong enough to play the run, but quick enough to pass rush, even when kicked down inside on passing downs. Lots of pass rush options on that defense now.

  3. 1nationraidernation says: May 6, 2016 12:42 PM

    That is great news. Our defense is going to make a statement next year.

    Now how about some news about Aldon Smith who has been in court this weeks, but not a single thing said in the media about it. Odd.

  4. Silver and Black attack says: May 6, 2016 12:44 PM

    If we stay healthy this front 7 gonna be a monster

  5. pamperpro says: May 6, 2016 12:47 PM

    This guy will become a household name soon. He seemed to ball out when out on the field.

  6. araidersfan says: May 6, 2016 12:50 PM

    Great to hear that Mario got a clean bill of health. When he was drafted high in the 2nd round in 2015 I thought it was a reach but I was very glad to have been mistaken about that. Edwards has a non-stop motor and was a fine addition to the d-line last year. Hopefully that continues for several more years.

  7. mball13 says: May 6, 2016 12:50 PM

    Very happy to hear he’s be cleared. Turned out to be a very solid pick when everyone bashed it. Thats why I think we should reserve judgement on the Ward pick and see how it plays out. Trust me, i’m skeptical, but I also was with MEJ and now I ate my words

  8. 24hoursinaday24beersinacase says: May 6, 2016 12:57 PM

    Glad to hear that his injury is healed. Anything to do with the neck is scary, lets hope that it does not happen again. I loved how he played last year, seemed to get better as the season went on. Looks like the Silver and Black will have a stout D this year!

  9. irgunla says: May 6, 2016 1:02 PM

    Great news! I’m happy for the kid and the organization.

  10. raiderinva says: May 6, 2016 1:24 PM

    Edwards getting cleared to play, especially at this stage in the off-season is huge. In my opinion this is as big, if not bigger news then some of the free agent signings.

  11. silvernblackpride says: May 6, 2016 1:35 PM

    Mack, Irvin, Edwards ,Smith and all our new rookies were going to have one mean pass rush !!!


    were back 2016

  12. tdubdizzle says: May 6, 2016 1:51 PM

    Mario Edwards Jr, Dan Williams, Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin, Aldon Smith, Malcolm Smith, Ben Heeney, Sean Smith, David Amerson, Reggie Nelson, Nate Allen, T.J Carrie, Justin Ellis, Stacy Mcgee and maybe DJ Hayden.

    That’s not even counting the rookies.

    Our defense is going to be good.

  13. killgoodell says: May 6, 2016 2:23 PM

    Wait for it. This guy is a total beast, unbelievable athlete, blah, blah, blah. Reggie has built a monster. Raiders to the playoff fer sure!

    Wash, rinse, repeat, every off season. Snore.

  14. realfootballfan says: May 6, 2016 3:09 PM

    He was a steal for the Raiders last year as I’m sure many teams didn’t see all that he did at FSU in their back-to-front focused defense that robbed him of showing off more tangible production.

  15. madderstork says: May 6, 2016 4:59 PM

    Mario was an unsung hero during Khalil Mack’s late season sack surge last year. Mario’s rush up the middle gave QBs nowhere to step up and get away from Mack.

    Great news!

  16. raiderapologist says: May 7, 2016 10:44 AM

    killgoodell says:
    May 6, 2016 2:23 PM

    Wait for it. This guy is a total beast, unbelievable athlete, blah, blah, blah. Reggie has built a monster. Raiders to the playoff fer sure!

    Wash, rinse, repeat, every off season. Snore.
    You should watch some football, Richard. The kid played well before his injury.

  17. billswillneverwin says: May 7, 2016 11:09 AM

    wonderful news, this D line could be very good if they gel quick enough

  18. billswillnevermove says: May 9, 2016 12:25 PM

    CFL players, CFL team. Losers.

  19. silvernblacksabbath says: May 9, 2016 2:00 PM

    AFC West just said “Uh-Oh, not good”. 🙂

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