ALAMEDA, Calif. – The bye week will not only give the walking wounded on the Oakland Raiders’ active roster time to heal, but also two starters who have yet to play a down this season.
Left tackle Jared Veldheer, who underwent surgery on his left triceps in training camp, and linebacker Miles Burris, who had knee surgery in the offseason, are inching closer to making their 2013 debuts. Still, there is work to be done.
Burris, who is on the physically unable to perform list, actually became eligible to practice this past week, but the Raiders declined to move him off said list to begin his 21-day clock. The moment Oakland moves him, the team has three weeks to put Burris on the active 53-man roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve.
Veldheer, meanwhile, is on the injured reserve–designated for return list and is not eligible to play until Oakland’s home game against Philadelphia on Nov. 3. Once he starts practicing – he is already eligible to practice – the Raiders have 14 days to activate him or IR him.
“I don’t think either one of them is ready yet,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday, before players departed for the NFL-mandated four-day break.
“The plan is for Jared, obviously, when he’s healed … we begin to get him into football-related activities.”
And with Burris?
“Really, Miles it’s really a matter of putting a few days back-to-back and being able to come out without any type of soreness or anything like that,” Allen said.
“We’re getting closer with both those players. I don’t think we’re there yet. We won’t do anything to activate those two guys until we feel confident that they’re ready to go.”