Roy Helu recently underwent surgery for a hip impingement and is expected to have the same procedure on his other hip soon, ESPN's Adam Caplin reports.
Helu struggled in his first season as a Raider, playing merely nine games and totaling just 39 rushing yards, 75 receiving yards and one touchdown on 26 offensive touches. In wake of those troubles, Helu's offseason hip procedures figure to help him regain some flexibility going forward, as he hopes to improve next season.
Helu had a rough opening season in Oakland that was plagued with injuries and inconsistencies. The fifth-year running back only carried the ball 17 times on the year for 39 yards, adding nine catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Helu will be back next season for year two of his contract, and he should solidify the backup role behind Latavius Murray, assuming he can stay healthy.
Roy Helu will be active for Sunday's game against the Titans.
With Taiwan Jones (knee) ruled out Sunday, Helu will be available for the Oakland Raiders after not dressing in the team's previous three games. Don't expect Helu to see many touches behind starting running back Latavius Murray or fullback Marcel Reece, who has been effective as both a ball carrier and pass catcher.
Roy Helu is inactive Sunday against the Steelers.
Helu's playing time has been limited this season, and with only four touches in the last two games, including none last week against the Jets, his absence isn't likely to affect too many fantasy teams. Latavius Murray will start Sunday, with Taiwan Jones the backup.
Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said running back Latavius Murray didn't play the final drive of Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears because the team felt Roy Helu was a better option for the situation, ESPN.com reports.
Although Del Rio said Murray wasn't benched, it was pretty clear that the Raiders kept their workhorse off the field because of his mistakes and poor performance throughout the game.
Murray has otherwise been solid in a three-down role, so his pair of miscues (a lost fumble and bobbled pass) shouldn't have much impact on his workload, unless he makes similar mistakes in the coming weeks. Murray draws a dreadful Week 5 matchup with the dominant Denver Broncos defense.
|P1||8/12/16||@ ARI||10:00 pm|
|P2||8/18/16||@ GB||8:00 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|14||12/8/16||@ KC||8:25 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
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