Veldheer needs extended recovery time

August, 15, 2013
8/15/13
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There appears to be some clarity in the timeline of Jared Veldheer's recovery from a partially torn triceps’ injury.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Oakland Raiders' talented left tackle has opted to undergo surgery. Schefter reports the recovery time is three months. The Raiders are expected to put Veldheer on the injury reserve with the option of bringing him back.

If all goes well, Veldheer could return for the final seven games of the season. Regardless of the timing of his return, Oakland will be without one of their best players for a significant portion of the season.

The best option for Veldheer is to have the surgery, which will help him completely heal. Plus, having a left tackle try to play through such an injury could be problematic. For now, journeyman Alex Barron will replace Veldheer.

In the video above, ESPN analyst Herm Edwards looks at Oakland’s options, including acquiring a left tackle through a trade. I think that option may be a long shot since Veldheer should return at some point this season, and the team needs to keep all of its resources moving forward.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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