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Raiders hope Mario Edwards can start running this week

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Defensive end Mario Jr. Edwards #97 of the Oakland Raiders stretches before a game against the Green Bay Packers on December 20, 2015 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.  The Packers won 30-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Raiders have opened the season with four wins in their first six games and their record might be even better if their defense were a little stouter.

The Raiders have allowed more yards per game than any other team in the league so far this season, which helps opposing offenses put points off the board and keeps the Raiders’ own 8th-place offense off the field for long stretches of games. One thing that might help improve the results on defense is the return of defensive end Mario Edwards, who was placed on injured reserve with a hip injury before the first game of the season.

Edwards can’t play until eight weeks have gone by, but he can start practicing with the team now. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said that while Edwards isn’t ready to do that yet, there’s hope that he’ll take a step forward in his rehab.

“I hope that he can begin running on the side,” Del Rio said, via the East Bay Times. “He hasn’t done that yet, so we think he’ll begin to run on the side this week and we’ll bring him into practice as soon as he’s cleared.”

Edwards would first be eligible to play in Week Nine against the Broncos. The Raiders have a bye the next week, which may make Week 11 a likelier spot for his return unless things move quicker than anticipated in the coming days.

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11 Responses to “Raiders hope Mario Edwards can start running this week”
  1. dickrummy says: Oct 18, 2016 11:03 AM

    Ok, good info. I bet he can attempt moves with those slinky squeeze grips things and try some door jamb pull-ups, also.

  2. mball13 says: Oct 18, 2016 11:06 AM

    Not that he is the answer to all our problems but certainly will help DL getting pushed around

  3. bigbroncomama says: Oct 18, 2016 11:44 AM

    Game Changer. Raiders now firmly SB 51 favorite, yes men?

  4. tindeaux says: Oct 18, 2016 12:54 PM

    where’s the raiders nation? got dropped last week and it’s all dead quiet…

  5. r8rsfan says: Oct 18, 2016 12:54 PM

    Mario Edwards is a punishing tackler. Guy is physical and can run too. Playmaker who has been sorely missed.

  6. silvernblackpride says: Oct 18, 2016 1:17 PM

    We win on the road now ………6-2 then we play the Donkos !!!

    JUST BELIEVE BABY!!

    RAIDER4LIFE

  7. silvernblackpride says: Oct 18, 2016 1:24 PM

    Were still tied for 1st place
    Were a road winning team now

    6-2 then we play the Donkos

    JUST BELIEVE BABY!!

    RAIDER4LIFE

  8. bigbroncomama says: Oct 18, 2016 3:34 PM

    Road winning team? Nice game at home last week. You got beeyotch slapped bad! The tarps were crying. Oh my………….

  9. radrntn says: Oct 18, 2016 4:19 PM

    No doubt he has been missed as a DE. Get him back for the Broncos, and hopefully get Aldon Smith back on the bye week before Texans game in Mexico City. Will be a vastly improved defense with these two guys back at DE, and Mack, and Irvin can slide back to OLB’s.

    Go Raiders!

  10. platinumraider32 says: Oct 19, 2016 4:39 PM

    Raiders defense is ranked last in almost every statistical category. It’s gonna take alot more than Edwards to fix it.

    The scheme is all wrong and they are not playing to the strengths of their players.

  11. r8dernation says: Oct 19, 2016 11:02 PM

    We need Mario and Aldon. And we need them now!

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