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Jared Veldheer to have surgery for torn triceps

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Jared Veldheer really beefed up during his offseason workouts. (USATSI)
Jared Veldheer will have surgery to repair a torn triceps muscle. (USATSI)

The Raiders were never going to be good in 2013. And now they're going to be really, really bad as they've lost arguably their best player in Jared Veldheer.

Veldheer, a criminally underrated offensive lineman, suffered a torn triceps and will have surgery on his arm the team announced Wednesday.

Presumably Veldheer will miss the remainder of the season with that injury.

It's quite possible that the offensive lineman is placed on the Injured Reserve but hit with the designation to return.

Veldheer could then return as early as the Raiders ninth game, although you'd have to think Oakland, unless they're dramatically outperforming their preseason expectations (Pete Prisco had them winning two games before the Veldheer injury was announced), wouldn't want to rush the tackle back.

The team, however, is "holding out hope" that he can come back in 2013.

The injury's a real stinger for Veldheer too, as he was about to enter a contract year and had spent the offseason beefing up. That contract status could result in the tackle, who graded out as Pro Football Focus' eighth-best left tackle last year, trying to return in order to make a push for a new deal and show he's healthy.

Regardless, the grim reality of Oakland's season should really be setting in now.

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