Oakland Raiders optimistic Edwards Jr. can play in 2016

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio is optimistic that Mario Edwards Jr. will be able to play in 2016.

Oakland Raiders second-round draft pick Mario Edwards Jr. was having a solid second half to his rookie season before Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy put his season to a sudden end with a devastating block. A hit that was damaging enough that Edwards 2016 season, and potentially his career are still in doubt.

With no clear answer on Edwards’ future after his neck injury, the Raiders have mostly been vague in their updates of the defensive end’s injury status so far. No definitive timeline being given as to when Edwards will be back on the field, or if he will even be able to return at all in 2016 or after that.

At the owners meetings in Florida, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said that he is optimistic that Edwards will be able to recover and play in 2016 for the team. One of the first positive reports that has come out from within the team regarding Edwards recovery status from the neck injury.

Edwards was turning into a standout rookie at defensive end, making his recent career uncertainty frustrating as it looked as if the former Florida State pass rusher was putting it all together to become a breakout player in the NFL. There is still plenty of time for Edwards to make a successful injury recovery at just 21, and with Del Rio now saying he is optimistic about his chances of playing in 2016 it is slowly looking like things might end up being fine for the 2015 second round pick once his rehab process progresses.