Jared Veldheer Injury Not As Serious As Initially Suspected

Dec 11, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Jared Veldheer (68) blocks during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Raiders 46-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Well folks, looks like the Tricep tear is not as bad as initially suspected.  Although he will still need to get surgery, the Tricep is only partially torn.  This means he may be able to return sooner than expected.  This gives Veldheer three and a half weeks to get the surgery and begin the healing/rehabilitation process.

Coach Allen alluded to the fact that they will evaluate Veldheer prior to establishing the 53-man roster, and the decision on whether or not to place him on the Partially Injured Reserve List can be made then.

Look, it’s a situation where the severity of the injury is key in his recovery.  The fact that it is only partially torn is better than a fully torn Tricep Tendon.  Either way, he will not start the regular season and will most likely miss all of September.  If we see him early, it would more than likely be in October.  If there are any set backs, we could miss him for the remainder of the season.  I’m hoping for the best results, and I imagine Raider Nation is too.

The good news is that Menelik Watson returned to practice today, and he could be moved to the left tackle position to compete with Alex Barron as long as he’s healthy.  Hopefully Watson can get up to speed with the rest of the offense and start to play in the third pre-season game.  I’m an optimist, and I believe that Tony Sparano will have the offensive line ready to run the offensive scheme no matter who is behind center.

Topics: Alex Barron, Jared Veldheer, Menelik Watson, Oakland Raiders, Raider Nation, Tony Sparano

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