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Report: Doctors believe Jared Veldheer will be available for much of season

Jared Veldheer,  Willie Young AP

When Raiders coach Dennis Allen announced that left tackle Jared Veldheer tore his left triceps and needed surgery, word was that the Raiders planned to place Veldheer on injured reserve with the designation to return.

That may have sounded like wishful thinking for an injury that takes about four months to heal, but a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN lends some strength to the hope that all is not lost for Veldheer.

Per Schefter, Veldheer’s triceps is only partially torn and that doctors believe the tackle will be available for much of the season. Schefter adds that Veldheer’s injury is considered a less severe version of the injuries suffered by former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and 49ers defensive end Justin Smith last season. Lewis missed 10 games last season before returning for the postseason while Smith missed two games but played at a diminished capacity before and after his absence.

If Veldheer does go on IR with the possibility of returning, he would be eligible to return after the Raiders play the Steelers on October 27 in the eighth week of the season.

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17 Responses to “Report: Doctors believe Jared Veldheer will be available for much of season”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 14, 2013 8:42 PM

    Just in time to help them win a couple games near the end of the season to screw up their draft position!

  2. sports2four7 says: Aug 14, 2013 8:46 PM

    Hallelujah

  3. radrntn says: Aug 14, 2013 8:54 PM

    there is a silver lining on that rain cloud

  4. footballradioshow says: Aug 14, 2013 8:55 PM

    Good news for Raidah

  5. waltervincent35 says: Aug 14, 2013 9:12 PM

    Hope he gets better. We can use all the help we can get!!!

  6. realfootballfan says: Aug 14, 2013 9:36 PM

    One of the better young LTs in football. Raiders don’t have many of the “betters” in anything on that roster so anytime he misses will hurt.

  7. thereyougo2 says: Aug 14, 2013 9:54 PM

    Raiders still in the league?

  8. honkeyt says: Aug 14, 2013 10:18 PM

    Haters are crused.

  9. robgilman says: Aug 14, 2013 10:20 PM

    Schefter reporting good news for the Raiders? Well i guess it’s still bad good news

  10. nativeraider says: Aug 14, 2013 10:32 PM

    Jeez Barron and Barnes our Ts? I hope our rookie Watson can unseat 1 of em…

  11. cromine85 says: Aug 14, 2013 11:55 PM

    better get the deer antler spray ready

  12. moss49thteam says: Aug 14, 2013 11:58 PM

    Sounds to me like they are going to open him up and spray some of that Ray Lewis deer antler spray on the triceps.

    To bad for Veldheer the its not even for a playoff run.

  13. anhdazman says: Aug 15, 2013 1:58 AM

    8 weeks is not much of the season. That’s only about half the games. If he missed about 4 regular season games, then it would fall more into “most” of the season.

    This is still terrible news. Losing our best OLineman before the season is not a good start.

  14. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Aug 15, 2013 8:51 AM

    Is this the same doctor that said his tricep wasnt torn on the FIRST mri? I’m not getting my hopes up..but wil be damn glad if im wrong

  15. kenstabler says: Aug 15, 2013 8:55 AM

    Really a tough injury for the raiders. I think this will be the start of the Pryor era. Menelik Watson is no where close to being ready to play because of injury and limited exposure to football in general. The only real option is the read option and Pryor is it. I don’t see any other way out of this mess, other than Pryor’s legs and mobility.

  16. MyTeamsAllStink says: Aug 15, 2013 10:45 AM

    lots of shotgun this season..LOTS OF SHOTGUN FORMATION THIS YEAR!!

  17. tdk24 says: Aug 15, 2013 12:26 PM

    If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

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