Oct 9, 2011; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Jared Veldheer (68) in action against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Texans 25-20. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Jared Veldheer triceps only partially torn; Could play most of the season


Earlier Wednesday, it was reported that Oakland Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer suffered a torn triceps muscle which would have effectively ended his season. There was some hope he could return for the final few weeks, but that was a best-case scenario.

However, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it appears Veldheer only suffered a partial tear and could make a much quicker return:

Raiders LT Jared Veldheer has only partially torn left triceps; doctors believe he will be available for much of season, per source.

Whatever ‘much of the season’ is, is of course unknown. However, it’s a far better prognosis than the near destruction of Veldheer’s season which was thought to be the case just a few short hours ago.

As one of the Raiders best pass blocking tackles, losing Veldheer long term would have been a devastating blow to an already thin line with an iffy quarterback. So while the talented tackle will be sidelined for the foreseeable future, it’s very possible he could return in the early weeks of the season, assuming all goes well with the injury.

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