The Raiders released Helu on Tuesday, the team's official site reports.
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 (hip) has been placed on the Raiders' physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp.
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, but the more time he misses, the more likely it is that he gets cut, as Oakland has several other running backs also on the roster, including Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington, George Atkinson and Taiwan Jones.
Helu (hip) may have to compete for a roster spot, according to ESPN's Paul Guiterrez.
The Raiders already appear to have three roster locks at running back, with incumbent starter Latavius Murray joined by fifth-round rookie DeAndre Washington and kick returner Taiwan Jones. The team could opt to keep four RBs on the roster, but even so, Helu might have to fend off George Atkinson and rookie UDFA Jalen Richard. After playing just nine games in his first season with Oakland, the 27-year-old Helu missed the entire offseason program while recovering from hip surgery. Head coach Jack Del Rio does expect Helu to be available for training camp.
Helu has yet to practice this offseason as he recovers from hip procedures, CSN Bay Area reports.
That said, the East Bay Times notes that coach Jack Del Rio expects Helu to be ready to go by training camp, at which time the change-of-pace back will have to contend with rookie DeAndre Washington and veteran Taiwan Jones to a lesser degree for complementary work behind the Raiders' top back, Latavius Murray.
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 rushed for five yards on three carries in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.
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 back-up role behind Latavius Murray, assuming he can stay healthy.
Helu will be active for Sunday's game against the Titans.
With Taiwan Jones (knee) ruled out Sunday, Helu will be available for the 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.
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.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said running back Latavius Murray didn't play the final drive of Sunday's loss to the 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 Broncos defense.
Raiders running back Roy Helu had five carries for 22 yards and caught both of his targets for 13 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 4 matchup against the Bears.
The Raiders have eased Helu back into action after a hamstring injury kept him out of the entire preseason and the first few weeks of the regular season. He looks to be the clear backup to Latavius Murray, and he'll likely see some solid time on third downs.
Helu has always been known as a good receiver out of the backfield, and he should be a nice boost to the Raiders' offense.
Raiders running back Roy Helu is a healthy scratch for the season opener Sunday against Cincinnati. His inactive status comes as a bit of a surprise.
Helu signed a two-year contract with Oakland in the offseason after averaging a fine 5.4 yards per carry with Washington a year ago. But he fell behind both Latavius Murray and Taiwan Jones on the depth chart during the presesaon.
The Raiders released their unofficial depth chart Tuesday for their Week 1 matchup against the Bengals.
While it is of little surprise Latavius Murray is listed as the first-team running back, it comes as a bit of a shock that Taiwan Jones is listed ahead of Roy Helu on the depth chart behind Murray.
Jones was drafted in 2011 as a running back out of Eastern Washington. However, he moved to defensive back in 2013 before being shifted to running back in April.
The Raiders announced that they've officially signed former Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr.
It was previously reported by ESPN's Adam Caplan that Helu agreed to a two-year, $4 million deal. Helu was selected by the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft. During his time in Washington, he ran for 1,132 yards and seven touchdowns and totaled 1,152 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.
Helu will likely be used as a third-down back behind Latavius Murray.
Helu, who was released by the Redskins last week, played his first four seasons with the club. He ran for 1,132 yards on 255 carries for seven touchdowns.
The Jets are showing interest in free-agent running back Roy Helu, the New York Post reports.
Helu spent his first four seasons with the Redskins, who are "probably" out of the running to sign the free agent, ESPN.com reports.
Helu has proven to be an asset in the passing game during his career, and he caught 42 passes for a career-high 477 receiving yards in 2014. He's also averaged 4.4 yards per carry on 255 attempts over four seasons.
The Giants have their eyes set on a couple of versatile free agent running backs.
According to NJ.com, the Giants will target Redskins running back Roy Helu and Falcons running back Antone Smith. Both backs are shifty, versatile options out of the backfield that can also make plays int he passing game.
The Giants' goal is to find a change-of-pace back to compliment both Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams.
Helu only ran for 216 yards and one touchdown a season ago but caught 42 passes for 477 yards and two touchdowns. Smith never recorded more than six touches in a game this past season but still managed to total 366 combined rushing and receiving yards and five touchdowns.
The Redskins are interesting in bringing back running back Roy Helu, but he "absolutely" will test the free-agent market, reports ESPN 980, adding Helu is 50-50 at best to return to Washington.
Helu has averaged 4.4 yards per carry in four seasons with the Redskins while catching 129 passes and scoring 10 total touchdowns. He typically served as Washington's passing-down back.
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