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The Oakland Raiders have activated Mario Edwards, Jr.

The Oakland Raiders have activated Mario Edwards, Jr.

The Oakland Raiders announced on Friday that they have activated defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. to the roster. 

Edwards, Jr. was placed on injured-reserve with the team's designation to return on Sept. 5 when he suffered a hip injury in the preseason. 

The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder was drafted by the Raiders in the second round of last year's draft (35th overall). As a rookie, the defensive lineman played in 14 games (10 starts) and totaled 41 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes defensed before suffering a season-ending injury in week 15. 

The Raiders drafted him out of Florida State where he played in 36 games over three seasons totaling 89 tackles (52 solo), eight sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and seven passes defensed.

Getting Edwards, Jr. back on the roster gives the defense an added pass rusher and another body that can kick inside on third down to rush the passer from the defensive tackle position. 

To make room for Edwards, Jr., the Raiders placed rookie linebacker Shilique Calhoun on the injured-reserve, ending his first season in the NFL. Calhoun finishes the season having played in 10 games, and tallying one pass defensed and five tackles. 


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