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.