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Oakland Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer tears triceps; Out for season?

Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer (68) during the third quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

With one of the worst rosters in the league, the Oakland Raiders are going to struggle when healthy.

Losing one of your premier lineman to a potential season ending injury, isn’t going to help.

According to the Raiders official twitter, left tackle Jared Veldheer has torn his triceps and will undergo surgery:

Head Coach Dennis Allen reports @Veldheer68 has a torn triceps and will have surgery.

With an already thin and sub-par line, the loss of one of your better anchors is a devastating blow.

Add in the fact that the Raiders are already concerned with the ability of quarterback Matt Flynn to throw 25+ yards, losing what is essentially your best pass blocker isn’t going to end pretty.

The Raiders are holding out hope that Veldheer will return at some point this season, given the ‘early’ timing of the injury but that seems extremely unlikely given the significance of the tear.

Even if he was to return, it wouldn’t be until the final few weeks of the season.

A tough day for Raider Nation, no doubt.

Topics: Jared Veldheer, Oakland Raiders

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  • chucka1122

    The Raiders are done for this season, even before it began. There is no way the will be even close to a .500 record without Veldeer. He was not just the best O-lineman on the Raiders, he was one of the best players on the Raiders!!! This just sucks!!! Dennis Allen should be worried now big time about his job, good luck on 4 wins without a good left tackle.

  • Scoobz

    Scoobz • 43 minutes ago −
    To all Flynnattics out there. What’s your guy going to do now without his best blocker protecting his blind side. The reason the guy got beat out by a much smaller less experienced R. Wilson is because the kid extended plays. With our mediocre line we need someone to do just that and we have that in Pryor.

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