Raiders LT Jared Veldheer Has Torn Triceps
By Allen Kim
Veldheer will undergo surgery to repair the tear, and he’s expected to be placed on injured reserve with a designation to return. That means that the earliest he would be able to return would be is Week 8, but that’s just a best-case scenario. He’s likely to be out longer than that, and he could very well be out for the year.
This is a devastating blow to the Raiders. Drafted in the third round of the 2010 draft, the 26-year-old has developed into the best player on the team’s offensive line. Oakland’s offense will undoubtedly suffer from his absence.
The state of their offensive line (and, really, their entire offense) right now can be summed up in two words: absolute disaster.
RB Darren McFadden, who’s in a contract year, is going to have a tough time finding running room with teams likely to stack the box against him. In addition, there are already a number of question marks with QB Matt Flynn behind center, and losing his blindside protector for at least half the season only makes things worse for an already anemic offense.
Update: It looks like Veldheer and the Raiders dodged a bullet here. Veldheer's triceps is only partially torn, and doctors believe that he'll be "available for much of the season." Still, Veldheer won't be available until Week 8 after being placed on injured reserve with a designation to return.