Matt McGloin may wind up with his first NFL start in Houston on Sunday Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Tackles Jared Veldheer, Tony Pashos Back at Practice

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The struggling Raiders offense got a boost on Wednesday when starting offensive linemen Jared Veldheer and Tony Pashos suited up for the Raiders Wednesday practice.

Left tackle Jared Veldheer is clearly the Raiders’ strongest presence in the trenches, and has been sorely missed since injuring his triceps in the summer. The injury required surgery, and landed him on the short-term injured reserve list.

His participation in practice today marks the opening of a 21-day window in which the Raiders must choose to activate him to the 53-man roster, or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

It’s a safe bet that Veldheer will be activated within that timeframe, however fans should curb their immediate hopes as it is unlikely he would suit up this week in Houston after such an extended recovery period.

Right tackle Tony Pashos, however, is expected to return to his starting duties immediately.

The right tackle position has been a bit of a turnstile since Pashos went down in Week 6, and his return should allow rookie T Menelik Watson to step back and learn from the sidelines.

Other Injury Notes:
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor sat out of Wednesday’s practice entirely, leaving undrafted rookie Matt McGloin with the first-team reps.

It is a real possibility that the Raiders will opt to play it safe with Pryor’s knee, which would thrust McGloin into the starting lineup against the Houston Texans top-ranked defense.

Running back Darren McFadden was not present, indicating that Rashad Jennings is likely in line for his third consecutive start– not a bad thing considering how he has performed of late.

Rookie cornerback DJ Hayden was also a spectator; he sat out of last week’s game with a groin injury.

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  • Isaac Flores Perez

    never like wish injures on people but i just wish kalif barnes took one for the team and went down he has no business in a o-line of anyteam

  • Bob

    Do you even watch the Raiders? Watson started a game at LT preseason. With Barnes having three holding penalties,one false start penalty, and allowing one sack his last game why would Watson not get a shot at LT?

  • Jacob Steele

    He will likely get a shot to challenge for the job until Veldheer returns. However, aside from the penalties, Barnes has been inconsistent but not poor. Watson is raw, and missed a lot of valuable time in OTA’s and minicamp. He should eventually overtake Barnes, no doubt, but that may not be immediate.

  • Silvia Arredondo

    Im a little worried about McGloin coming in. The kid has potential but I smell a couple of interceptions. Maybe he can prevent getting sacked because he throws the ball quickly. We need help at O-line so Jennings can do the work.

  • Jacob Steele

    Outcome aside, I am interested to see what McGloin’s got/how he has progressed since the preseason.