PUPRoy HeluRB OAK (10) 18 hours ago
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.
PUPRoy HeluRB OAK (10) 5 days ago
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 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.
PUPRoy HeluRB OAK (10) 1 week ago
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.
PUPRoy HeluRB OAK (10) 1 month ago
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.
PUPRoy HeluRB OAK (10) 5 months ago
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.
PUPRoy HeluRB OAK (10) 7 months ago
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.
PUPRoy HeluRB OAK (10) 8 months ago
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.
PUPRoy HeluRB OAK (10) 9 months ago
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.
PUPRoy HeluRB OAK (10) 10 months ago3 Comments
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 back-up 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.
PUPRoy HeluRB OAK (10) 11 months ago
Helu is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
Helu wasn't on on the Raiders' Week 1 injury report, but he'll evidently take a seat Sunday, which sets the stage for Taiwan Jones to back up Latavius Murray this weekend.