Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer (68) during the third quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Veldheer Surgery Confirmed, Faces Three Month Recovery

Wednesday marked a wild day of news around Raider Nation as conflicting reports emerged throughout the day on the status of prized left tackle Jared Veldheer’s triceps muscle. Initially it was reported that Veldheer agreed to surgery and that Oakland was going to put him on the Partial Injured Reserve meaning that he would be out until at least Week 8.

Later in the day, Adam Schefter reported that Veldheer’s triceps was only partially torn. An injury that Ray Lewis managed to play through during the 2012 NFL playoffs (albeit allegedly on Deer Antler Spray and while using a cyborg cast).


The news gave Raiders fans a glimmer of hope, only to have it crushed again when Schefter retracted his initially claim of a partially torn triceps giving Veldheer hope of a quick return, revealing that after a second opinion in Los Angeles that Veldheer would undergo surgery.


As reported on JBB yesterday, Alex Barron will take over the reigns at left tackle for the time being in Veldheer’s absence. Barron has been out of the game since 2010, but has showed signs of being back during training camp.

Yesterday on the JBB Podcast Chase, Shane, and Rory discussed Veldheer’s injury at length and the Raiders options at left tackle in his absence.

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