It appears Oakland Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. has been cleared to play after much suspense.
Edwards posted on his Instagram, letting fans know that he was good to go and thanking God for the progress.
Though the Raiders remained vague, there were multiple signs pointing to a return for the upcoming season even 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. Then, fellow defensive lineman (and linebacker) Khalil Mack offered some more signs of optimism.
Mack spoke from the Raiders headquarters as the team's offseason workout program began, mentioning that Edwards was indeed in Alameda and 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.”
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.