Veldheer sees specialist; Watson, Burris set to return

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Veldheer sees specialist; Watson, Burris set to return
October 28, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Jared Veldheer has been eligible to practice since Week 6, but hasn't made enough progress since his triceps surgery. (USATSI)

ALAMEDA – Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer had a doctor’s appointment in Los Angeles on Monday expected to provide a progress report on his recovery from triceps surgery.

Veldheer was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return just before the regular season, a few weeks after he surgically repaired a partial tear in his left triceps.

He is eligible to come off temporary injured reserve on Saturday, although he could’ve practiced after Week 6. Once he hits the practice field, the Raiders have a 21-day window to evaluate Veldheer before deciding whether to activate him or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

Veldheer is the Raiders best offensive lineman when healthy, and should provide a huge boost to the front when he’s healthy enough to return.

Burris coming back: Raiders coach Dennis Allen said that linebacker Miles Burris will practice for the first time this season on Wednesday. He’s been on the physically unable to perform list since training camp. As with Veldheer, the Raiders have a 21-day practice window to decide whether to put him on the 53-man roster or place him on permanent IR.

Watson on the mend: Allen also said that offensive tackle Menelik Watson will return to practice after missing time with a knee injury and then a calf strain.

Cornell waived: The Raiders waived offensive lineman Jack Cornell on Monday. He was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, was active for Sunday’s game but did not play.