Oakland Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. continues to deal with neck injury

Oakland Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. continues to deal with neck injury

The Oakland Raiders have remained mum when it comes to the defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. after his rookie season was ended abruptly following a neck injury in week 13. 

Though the Raiders have remained vague, there have been multiple signs pointing to a return for the upcoming season though many were worried it could be career-threatening when it was first reported. 

Edwards previously talked at Florida State's pro day, saying that he has big expectations for the upcoming season, including making the Pro Bowl. Now, fellow defensive lineman (and linebacker) Khalil Mack offered some more signs of optimism. 

Mack spoke on Monday from the Raiders headquarters as the team's offseason workout program began. Mack mentioned that Edwards was indeed in Alameda, working out with the team and preparing for the season with his teammates. 

“Oh yeah. He’s excited, man," Mack said of Edwards. "He’s dealing with whatever he’s dealing with, but at the same time, he’s here, he’s working. That’s all you can ask for from him.”

While we don't know how much work Edwards is doing, it's still a good sign that he's there on day one spending it with his teammates. 

Edwards filled in nicely after Justin Tuck went down with an injury of his own appearing in 14 games (10 starts) and recording 42 tackles, two sacks and three forced fumbles.

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