MONDAY, 5:08pm: The Raiders have officially released Helu with an injury settlement, according to Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com.
SUNDAY, 7:56pm: Helu will be out until midseason following hip surgeries, tweets Adam Caplan of ESPN.com, who confirms that the Raiders are still trying to work out an injury settlement.
FRIDAY, 4:38pm: Oakland has not released Helu yet, according to Bair (Twitter link). The team instead placed him on injured reserve, but an injury settlement is likely on the way.
3:45pm: The Raiders have released Roy Helu, as Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com tweets. The move will make room on the roster for defensive tackle Derrick Lott.
The 27-year-old Helu rushed for only 216 yards in Washington in 2014, but was a focal point of the club’s passing attack, catching 42 balls for nearly 500 yards. He drew interest from several teams around the league last offseason, many of whom presumably wanted him to a fill their third-down back role. The Patriots, Jets, and Giants all pursued Helu, but he ultimately signed with Oakland. Unfortunately, he did not do enough for the Raiders to warrant them fulfilling the backend of his two-year, $4MM pact ($1MM fully guaranteed). In 2015, Helu rushed 17 times for 39 yards and added nine catches for 75 yards.
Lott, a Chattanooga alum, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Titans in 2015. After spending the entirety of last year bouncing on and off the Buccaneers’ practice squad, he agreed to terms with the Eagles in late May. A couple of weeks ago, however, Philly cut him loose.
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