Monday, November 25, 2013
Plan still for Veldheer to debut in Dallas
By Paul Gutierrez
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The plan is still for tackle Jared Veldheer to make his season debut Thursday in Dallas.
What’s in question, though, is how much the left tackle will play for the Oakland Raiders against the Dallas Cowboys having come back from left triceps surgery in training camp.
"Yeah, I don’t know that he’s ready to go in there and play 65, 70 snaps in a game," said coach Dennis Allen. "My anticipation [is] that you’d see him in there in somewhat of a rotational basis, but … I anticipate him playing.
"That was kind of our timeline and kind of our anticipation. We haven’t, as to date, suffered any setbacks. I’ll get a chance to visit with him this afternoon and I anticipate him being ready to go."
Khalif Barnes made the switch from right tackle to the left side after Veldheer and then rookie Menelik Watson were felled by injury. It seems likely that Barnes moves to left guard with Veldheer coming back now, right?
"We'll see,"Allen said.
"We'll have to make some adjustments … game plan-wise, what we think gives us the best five guys out there that gives us the best chance to move the ball and be successful."
The Raiders radio broadcast also reported Sunday "all indications" were that running back Darren McFadden, who has missed the last three games, four overall, would play against the Cowboys.
Allen, though, was less enthusiastic about McFadden and his rehabbing right hamstring.
"I know that Darren, just a little bit ago, was out on the field running and going through a workout," Allen said. "If he does well, then there’s a chance he could be available."