Neck injuries always require serious concern. So, when Raiders rookie second round pick Mario Edwards Jr went out with a neck injury late last season, it had many fearing the worst. Thus far, the status of that neck injury has not been known, while the big lingering question has been if it could be career threatening.
Tuesday Reggie McKenzie spoke at an tech event during Super Bowl 50 media days in San Jose. McKenzie said there are more tests to be done on Edwards' neck, but that tests so far have revealed an issue that is possibly genetic.
Just spoke with #Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. Team is still waiting on more information from doctors on DL Mario Edwards Jr.— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) February 2, 2016
McKenzie indicated the neck issue is something genetic that's been there for a while and was discovered after the injury vs. Green Bay.— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) February 2, 2016
Asked if Edwards' injury could be career-threatening, McKenzie said, "I don't even want to think along those lines now." #Raiders— Jimmy Durkin (@Jimmy_Durkin) February 2, 2016
That is a potentially very scary thought. And injury is one thing, but if this if it's genetic, it's possible the issue could continue and would be career threatening. It is certainly an unpleasant thought, so I don't blame McKenzie for not wanting to go down that road just yet. As difficult as that might be.