The Cardinals are going to have a new left tackle for most or all of what’s left of the 2016 season.
The team announced on Monday that Jared Veldheer has been placed on injured reserve. Veldheer tore his triceps against the Panthers on Sunday and needs to have surgery to repair the injury.
Veldheer suffered a similar injury while he was with the Raiders in 2013. He missed 10 weeks that time and will miss at least the next eight weeks before he’d be eligible to return to the team. With running back Chris Johnson and safety Tyvon Branch closer to a possible return date and only one spot available, it seemd likely that the Cardinals have seen the last of Veldheer for the year.
It’s a blow to a Cardinals line that has already experienced issues protecting quarterback Carson Palmer. John Wetzel is expected to replace Veldheer in the lineup.