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Oakland Raiders: Mario Edwards Jr. returns to practice and Aldon Smith’s reinstatement meeting

Mario Edwards Jr could return
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders could get an improved pass rush via the return of edge players Mario Edwards Jr. and Aldon Smith.

Edwards, 22, practiced for the first time since going on injured reserve before this season, according to ESPN.

Now, Oakland has 21 days to make Edwards active or inactive. He started working on the field last week.

The 2015 second-round pick called the injury a freaky situation but he said it is happy to get back on the field. There is no timetable for Edwards’ return to a game as he said he will take it one day at a time.

Edwards hurt his hip in the preseason opener versus the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 12. He registered two sacks and impacted the game with his run defense.

The Raiders defense ranks No. 29 in yards per game, so Edwards should be a welcomed addition if he returns.

Otherwise, Oakland could get a boost via Smith.

Smith’s representatives are making arrangements for a meeting between Smith and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, according to Monday’s report via the USA Today.

Smith, 27, was banned from the NFL since last November, after violation of the substance abuse policy. The edge rusher applied for reinstatement in October, before he was eligible for reinstatement in November.

It is unclear when Smith will have his optional meeting with the Goodell, and there is no deadline for a decision on his reinstatement.

If he is reinstated, Smith brings 47.5 career sacks to a Raiders defense that ranks No. 27 in sacks this year.

Smith is in the first year of a two-year contract that would pay him a prorated $1.25 million base salary this season, plus $250,000 for each game he’s active.

Oakland could get Smith or Edwards back soon. The Raiders could also get neither back until next season, but that is to be determined.

 

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