Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Mario Edwards, Jr. re-joined the team in Florida this week, which was first reported by ESPN's Paul Gutierrez.
The second-year lineman hasn't returned to the field since injuring his hip in the first quarter of the opening exhibition game before being placed on injured reserve. Every NFL team has the option to designate one player to return from the IR and it appears Edwards my be the Raiders selection.
He's not permitted to return to the active roster until week 9, which would be next Sunday when the Raiders return home to take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football. It seems unlikely that he would be back so quickly though as he will need to get into football shape. The Raiders have their bye week 10, making it more likely that Del Rio may want to give him the extra rest and have him ready for the team's matchup with the Houston Texans in Mexico City on Nov. 21.
Edwards is a key piece of the Raiders defense that is solid against the run while also adding another capable pass rusher. Edwards played in 14 games his rookie season, racking up 42 tackles, two sacks and three forced fumbles.