The Raiders released
After placing Helu on injured reserve Friday, the Raiders have negotiated an injury settlement with the running back, according to CSN Bay Area, confirming his outright release. Once his hips check out in a medical sense, an organization may do its due diligence on Helu. However, there's no guarantee the 27-year-old has anything left in the tank after an injury-plagued career to date.
Helu -- who is bouncing back from surgery on both of his hips -- may be headed toward an injury settlement with the Raiders, the Bay Area News Group reports
For now, Helu is on IR, meaning that he won't be playing for the Raiders this season, but if he is released in an injury settlement, the running back could eventually look to catch on elsewhere once he returns to health.
The Raiders are attempting to secure an injury settlement with Helu (hip), who won't be available until approximately midseason, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
With his recovery from offseason hip surgeries ongoing, Helu was released Friday in order to open up a spot on the 90-man roster. If another organization doesn't take a chance on the oft-injured running back, he still appears to be in the Raiders' plans. Nevertheless, Latavius Murray is poised to head the backfield, while DeAndre Washington was plucked in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft to augment the RB depth in Oakland.
Helu (hip) has been released by the Raiders, CSN California reports.
Helu underwent surgery on both his hips this offseason, which followed an unproductive nine-game 2015 season with the Raiders. After missing Oakland's entire offseason program and landing on the PUP list ahead of training camp, Helu has now been cut loose by the club. While Helu looks for work elsewhere, the Raiders' top three running back positions look increasingly likely to be occupied by starter Latavius Murray, rookie DeAndre Washington and returner Taiwan Jones.
Helu did not practice in any of the Raiders' offseason workouts while recovering from offseason hip procedures, and he'll continue to sit out of practice as training camp begins. It's unclear how long he'll remain out for, but the more time he misses the more likely it is that he gets cut, as Oakland has several quality running backs also on the roster, including Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington, and Taiwan Jones.
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