Bad news Oakland Raiders fans, our starting left tackle is out and will have to have surgery to repair a torn tricep muscle. Our offensive line was already hurting due to injuries to Lucas Nix, Menelik Watson, and Mike Brisiel. Now with the loss of Jared Veldheer, this places the offense in a difficult predicament.
It’s being reported that Veldheer will likely miss the rest of pre-season and part of the regular season. Since the injury requires surgery and rehabilitation, there is always the possibility of losing him for the entire season. Currently, Alex Barron is starting at left tackle in Veldheer’s place. If ever there was a time to step-up and revamp his career, now is the time for Barron.
This would definitely be a good time for Watson to return to practice and get some reps in, because the Raiders are going to need him in order to add more depth. Maybe it’s time for General Manager Reggie McKenzie to get on the horn and find a replacement left tackle. With just under three and a half weeks before the regular season kicks off, this is a huge blow to an offensive line that has been struggling to find its identity.
On Friday night in New Orleans, Louisiana, we will get our first look at the offensive line without Veldheer. Hopefully Flynn can trust his blind side to be protected, otherwise he will be spending a lot of time on his back. I guess the quick, short throws will be a good thing considering that Flynn may not have enough time to throw deeper passes.