Veldheer's surgery a success

Veldheer's surgery a success
August 16, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Jared Veldheer is expected to miss at least nine games. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

NEW ORLEANS -- Jared Veldheer had successful surgery on his partially torn triceps muscle. The left tackle’s mother Mary relayed the information on Twitter on Friday afternoon, shortly after he the procedure was complete.

A source said that Veldheer is expected to miss three months in recovery and will likely be put on the injured reserve with a designation to return. The designation states that Veldheer will be able to practice after six regular-season weeks and play after eight game-weeks, assuming that he's physically able to do so.

There isn’t a specific timetable for him to return, but he’s expected to miss at least nine games. Veldheer hurt his triceps early in training camp, but an MRI taken on Aug. 3 revealed no significant damage. Veldheer sought a second opinion early this week, and surgery was recommended. Coach Dennis Allen announced Veldheer's decision on Wednesday. 

Veteran Alex Barron will take Velhdeer’s place at left tackle starting Friday night against the New Orleans Saints.

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