Of the Oakland Raiders rash of training camp injuries, the most concerning may just be the triceps injury of Jared Veldheer, Oakland’s standout left tackle. Given how valuable left tackles are in the NFL and how quality Veldheer is at the position for the Raiders combined with the return of the power blocking scheme and you can see why Dennis Allen and the Raiders medical staff are concerned.
On Tuesday for the second time this offseason Veldheer underwent an MRI to see why he has been bothered for so long by a sore left triceps. The first MRI turned up no problem, so Veldheer returned to practice with additional padding on the arm and played in the first preseason game. Now that soreness has turned into a recurring issue and Veldheer is concerned enough to go into the MRI tune once again.
For now Dennis Allen has no update, but he did address the situation to the media.
“I don’t have any update on that right now,” coach Dennis Allen said, via Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com. “As soon as I do, I’ll let you all know. We’re taking another look at it.”
Triceps muscles are very important to the life of an NFL offensive linemen, players that primarily use their max arm strength in short bursts over the course of an NFL game. If Veldheer’s triceps is bothering him this badly, the Raiders would be wise to make sure that he heals that muscle fully before even thinking of putting any more strain on it than needed.
The results of the MRI are expected at some point today and the Raiders obviously have a contingency plan in place just in case Veldheer needs to be shut down. Alex Barron took Veldheer’s place at left tackle in Tuesday’s practice and would be the likeliest starter for this week’s preseason game with the Saints in the event that Veldheer isn’t able to play. Barron would be the expected replacement at starter, but that would be a catastrophic start to the Raiders season as they desperately need Veldheer’s presence on the line if they are going to use Matt Flynn effectively at quarterback this season and return to rushing dominance with Darren McFadden in the backfield. It all starts with the offensive line, and Veldheer is the best one Oakland has, here is to hoping that we get some positive news on this situation.