Coming into this season, expectations for the Raiders were not very high. With an unproven quarterback behind a shaky offensive line, things were not expected to go well for the Raiders and now things have gone from bad to worse.
After undergoing a second MRI, Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen announced today that Left Tackle Jared Veldheer has torn his triceps and will have surgery.
Head Coach Dennis Allen reports @Veldheer68 has a torn triceps and will have surgery.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) August 14, 2013
Veldheer will be put on the injured reserve list for the Raiders in what is a huge blow for the team. Veldheer was one of the few players on the Raiders that fans did not have to worry about. Veldheer has been a top notch left tackle and his ability to protect the blindside of expected starter Matt Flynn was very important, especially because Flynn has never been a full-time starter in the NFL.
Veteran Alex Barron is expected to fill in for Veldheer and he is a former starter in the league as well, but this will severely change things for the Raiders.