Raiders camp report: Second MRI for Veldheer

Allen on Flynn: 'He's been pretty consistent throughout training camp'

Raiders camp report: Second MRI for Veldheer
August 13, 2013, 8:30 pm
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I don’t have any update on that right now. As soon as I do, I’ll let you all know. We’re taking another look at it.
Dennis Allen on Jared Veldheer's ailing triceps

"We’ve got some plays we feel like suit his skill set and we’ll try and incorporate those plays as we move along." -- Dennis Allen on Terrelle Pryor (AP)

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Practice summary: Jared Veldheer had an MRI on his sore triceps on Aug. 3 that came up negative. The Raiders left tackle practiced every day from then on with a large protective brace over the ailing muscle, but something still wasn’t right.

The Raiders had Veldheer take a second MRI on Tuesday afternoon to further inspect the ailing muscle.

“I don’t have any update on that right now,” head coach Dennis Allen said following the afternoon practice. “As soon as I do, I’ll let you all know. We’re taking another look at it.”

The Raiders can’t afford to lose Veldheer during the regular season. Some believe he’s their best player regardless of position, and there’s no doubt he’s their best offensive lineman.

While veteran Alex Barron has filled in surprisingly well at both tackle spots, he’s not a long-term starting solution on the blind side.

Results of Veldheer’s MRI are expected on Wednesday.

Allen delivered more bad news on the injury front. He said he didn’t know when rookie tackle Menelik Watson (calf) or running back Latavius Murray (undisclosed) would return from injury.

[REWIND -- Watson: Calf injury 'incredibly frustrating']

While Matt Flynn continues his steady play, Terrelle Pryor had his worst practice of camp. He was inaccurate on several throws during a day spent largely on passing from the pocket. He never looked comfortable and was routinely off on timing routes, intermediate throws and deep passes. 

Allen didn’t directly answer a question whether Pryor would see time with the first team on Friday against New Orleans, but the prospect seems unlikely.

“We’ve got some plays we feel like suit his skill set,” Allen said, “and we’ll try and incorporate those plays as we move along.”

Allen gave defensive end Andre Carter the day off. The 34-year old hadn’t missed practice before Tuesday.

Let’s go bowling The Raiders held a team bowling tournament on Monday night at a local alley. Offense was pitted against defense, with a reward going to the unit with the highest score. The offense won handily and was rewarded with a steak and lobster dinner on Tuesday night.

Offensive play of the day: Quarterback Matt Flynn is a master of timing routes. He hit Rod Streater perfectly in stride, right at the soft part of the defensive zone.

[REWIND: Streater drew blueprint for Butler to follow]

Defensive play of the day: Weakside linebacker Kevin Burnett has a solid reputation as a pass defender and he showed why on Tuesday. He used great lateral quickness to break up a pass from Flynn intended for tight end Mychal Rivera, who looked wide open until Burnett stepped in front.

Rookie report: WR Brice Butler has worked his way onto the first team. He took several reps with that unit on Tuesday, and made a few catches from Flynn only made by being in the right spot at the right time. DT Stacy McGee continues to take a high volume of first-team reps, with the starting tackles out with injury. While he isn’t ready to contend for a starting spot, he’s made solid progress throughout camp. … Tyler Wilson’s rep counts aren’t improving. His one pass in team drills fell at Nick Kasa’s feet.

Roll call
New injuries: LB Keenan Clayton, MLB Nick Roach, LT Jared Veldheer (triceps), DE Andre Carter (veteran rest)
Returning from injuries: DE Lamarr Houston, LG Lucas Nix, S Charles Woodson (veteran rest), LB Billy Boyko
Still sidelined: CB Tracy Porter, CB Taiwan Jones, RG Mike Brisiel (ankle), RB Latavius Murray, WR Juron Criner, OL Menelik Watson (calf), DT Pat Sims (hamstring), WR Jacoby Ford (knee), DT Vance Walker, LB Billy Boyko, LB Kaluka Maiava, G/C Alex Parsons, DL Brandon Bair
Physically unable to perform list: LB Miles Burris (knee)
Note: Generally, Allen does not comment on injury specifics during training camp.

Quote of the day: “He’s been pretty consistent throughout camp. He’s making good decisions and is protecting the football well. Really, that’s what I expect from him.” – Raiders coach Dennis Allen, on quarterback Matt Flynn.