Jared Veldheer Injury: Updates on Raiders LT's Triceps Surgery and Return Date
Updates from Thursday, Nov. 21
Allen said he is targeting the game at Dallas on Thanksgiving for the 2013 debut of left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, who has spent the past 3½ months rehabilitating from triceps surgery.
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 15
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
After second opinion in LA, Raiders LT Jared Veldheer has decided to undergo surgery on his partially torn triceps Friday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 15, 2013
Type of surgery Raiders LT Jared Veldheer is having Friday has three-month recovery period. Problem at LT for OAK.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 15, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 14
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Raiders LT Jared Veldheer has only partially torn left triceps; doctors believe he will be available for much of season, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 14, 2013
The team's official Twitter page broke the news of the unfortunate development, which was officially revealed on Wednesday and could keep the valuable lineman out for all of 2013:
Head Coach Dennis Allen reports @Veldheer68 has a torn triceps and will have surgery.— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) August 14, 2013
As reported by CSNBayArea.com's Scott Bair, the triceps tear was revealed in an MRI conducted on Tuesday. Veldheer is headed to injured reserve and will be lost indefinitely, but will be under designation to return.
While it appears Oakland is holding out hope that Veldheer may be able to come back and contribute, the outlook is rather bleak.
Bair notes that veteran tackle Alex Barron, who has largely disappointed since being the No. 19 overall pick in the 2005 draft, is taking reps with the first team in Veldheer's place.
A former third-round pick out of Hillsdale College, Veldheer, 26, has been one of the more reliable offensive players for the Raiders in recent memory. He's appeared in all of his previously possible 48 games, starting in all but five as a rookie.
Veldheer's loss will be felt as the team scrambles to protect new quarterback Matt Flynn's blind side. Not to mention, the absence of a 6'8", 321-pound athlete like Veldheer is also a hindrance to what the Raiders can do with star running back Darren McFadden, who has had health issues of his own in the past.
The Raiders ranked eighth in passing offense with Veldheer protecting QB Carson Palmer adequately in 2012, but were just 28th in rushing. Without Veldheer, adjusting to a new, more power-based running scheme under new offensive coordinator Greg Olson will likely be far more difficult.
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