The Oakland Raiders suffered a huge blow today with the news that Jared Veldheer suffered torn triceps that will require surgery. The Raiders will place him on the injured reserve with the designation to have him return at some point in the season.
The new NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement allows teams to place a player on the IR, but have him come back during the season. It is an eight week timetable once the player is placed on the IR, which in this case will be the first week of the season. That means it will start in week one of the regular season and extend eight weeks. So Veldheer will get about 11 weeks to recover and have a chance to return.
“There is a chance for him to return,” Allen said. “I don't know exactly what the time table will be. It's going to be a significant amount of time. My hope is we have him back this year.”
Veldheer has been the Raiders most consistent and talented offensive linemen. He also plays the most important position on the line. There is no way to minimize how much of an impact this will have on the offense. However, in the NFL, it is next man up. Alex Barron will get the opportunity to cushion the loss of Veldheer. He was out of football for two years before returning this season. The former first round pick is having a solid camp, but the Raiders will now count on him for much more.
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