The details of Mario Edwards Jr's injury that had him carted off the field early in Friday's preseason opener in Arizona are trickling out. Initially Raiders officials revealed the injury was to Edwards' hip and reports deemed it 'not serious'. That diagnosis in and of itself is rather vague, but the assumption was that it meant he would miss the remainder of the preseason but hopefully return for the season opener.
The latest report comes from Pro Football Talk with the specification that the injury is a hip strain and the recovery time has been set at 4-6 weeks.
There are four weeks until the Raiders open their season, so it's possible based on that timetable that Edwards may not miss any regular season games. Or he could miss as much as the first two games of the season.
It's yet another injury for the 2014 second round pick after many feared the worst when he injured his neck late last season, causing him to miss the final three games. He was eased back in and was ready for minicamps. Then in training camp he hurt his hand in a practice fight with offensive guard, Kelechi Osemele. The fight had both players kicked out of practice and Edwards was sidelined for team sessions for several practices with a wrap on his right hand.
He showed great potential last season replacing Justin Tuck who was placed on injured reserve at midseason. The Raiders will be counting on Edwards to be the player he showed he could be last season. If he is not ready for the season opener, he will be replaced in the lineup for Denico Autry, who himself is recovering from an offseason wrist injury.