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Raiders place Mario Edwards Jr on injured reserve with 'significant' neck injury

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Each week that we get closer to the end of the season, injuries become more and more likely to land players on injured reserve. Such was the case today with rookie defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. Though, from the sounds of it, this is not a case of this being the end of the season, but rather Edwards suffering what Jack Del Rio said Friday was a "significant"injury.

Edwards suffered the injury early in last week's loss to the Packers. He started the game and played the first three snaps, forcing a three-and-out by the Packers, and left the field not to return. He was in on the tackle on the second play of the game, but stayed in for the third play. There was nothing that stood out on the field as far as what may have caused the injury.

Del Rio went on to say he was not sure if Edwards' injury would require any kind of surgery.

Edwards was selected by the Raiders in the second round of April's draft. He appeared in all 14 games this season, starting 10. In that time he accumulated 41 tackles (33 solo), and 2.5 sacks.

In a corresponding move, the team called up linebacker John Lotulelei from the practice squad according to his agent. Lotulelei had been signed to the practice squad on November 25th.