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Raiders still in “wait and see” but Jack Del Rio expects Mario Edwards Jr back this season

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We’re going a month since Mario Edwards Jr was eligible to return from injured reserve where he has been since injuring his hip in the preseason. He hasn’t even set foot (or hip) on the practice field.

With just five weeks left in the season, the question inevitably becomes if he will come back at all this season. Head coach Jack Del Rio on Monday addressed whether he expects Edwards to return this season.

“Yeah, I do,” said Del Rio. “But, until he gets cleared it’s just kind of wait and see.”

Edwards was eligible to return to practice initially after week six, so it’s been six weeks that the team has been in ‘wait and see’ mode.

His successful rookie season was cut short by a neck injury. In his ten starts last season, he proved to be an important piece to the Raiders’ suddenly formidable pass rush led by Khalil Mack’s 15.0 sacks with 10.0 of those sacks coming late in the season when Edwards was starting in place of the injured Justin Tuck.

Edwards himself finished with 2.0 sacks along with 2 passes defended, one forced fumble, and 42 tackles (33 solo).