Raiders LT Veldheer undergoes successful surgery
UPDATE: Oakland Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer is on the road to recovery.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jared Veldheer is out of surgery. Everything went well. Expected to miss three months. Partial tear. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Raiders&src=hash">#Raiders</a></p>— Scott Bair (@BairCSN) <a href="https://twitter.com/BairCSN/statuses/368495110025007104">August 16, 2013</a></blockquote>
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The Raiders dodged a bullet when Veldheer suffered what was thought at the time to be a torn triceps injury. An MRI later determined that the tear was only partial.
Alex Barron is expected to step into Veldheer's role as Oakland's starting left tackle.
The Oakland Raiders offense was dealt a major blow on Wednesday, as an MRI revealed left tackle Jared Veldheer has a torn triceps and will have to go under the knife.
Head Coach Dennis Allen reports @Veldheer68 has a torn triceps and will have surgery.— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) August 14, 2013
There were already serious questions about how effective the Raiders offensive line can be this season. On a team lacking consistently strong performers, Veldheer was as close to a sure thing as the Raiders have.
No word on when the Raiders expect to have Veldheer back on the field. It's likely to be measured in months, not weeks.
Journeyman Alex Barron is expected to step into Veldheer's role as the Raiders' starting left tackle.