Oakland Raiders rookie defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. was having a strong debut season last year until a scary injury forced him to be placed on season-ending injured reserve. With little known about the injury, many were concerned that the neck injury might be career-threatening.
Even just last month at the NFL Scouting Combine, general manager Reggie McKenzie expressed concern.
The Raiders have not released any information regarding their former second-round pick's injury, but Jack Del Rio did tell Sirius XM that they are "optimistic" he'll be ready for the beginning of the season.
Edwards attended Florida State's Pro Day and told WCTV's Kenny Morales he has big expectations for the upcoming year.
All signs certainly point to him being good to go when the season starts, and that's a good thing for the Raiders as the young lineman appeared to be hitting his stride when the injury happened.