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The Oakland Raiders were already facing an uphill battle to stay competitive this season. The task may have become unmanageable with Wednesday’s revelation that starting left tackle Jared Veldheer may be done for the season with a torn triceps.
The Raiders likely will place their standout offensive lineman on injured reserve with a return designation, meaning he could be activated later in the season if his recovery progresses. This is a major injury, though, and one which will require surgery, so getting Veldheer back at some point in 2013 may be a pipe dream for Oakland.
It sounds minor, and I hope it's minor. In the meantime it may not be a bad idea to hold him out of the next preseason game. He's been really sharp all camp so far, and I don't think he needs the experience at this point. Plus, it would be nice to get a look at Mallet with the staring line in there to give him a clean pocket.