NEW ORLEANS -- General manager Reggie McKenzie said it's too early to determine how long the Raiders will be without left tackle Jared Veldheer, who underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn left triceps.

"We probably won't know until the second week of rehab," McKenzie said.

Jim Veldheer, the father of Jared Veldheer, tweeted, "Jared is in recovery. All went well."

McKenzie, talking before the Raiders' preseason game against the Saints, said it was his understanding Veldheer's injury wasn't as serious as the ones sustained by 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith and Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis.

It remains likely, however, that Veldheer will be placed on the designated for return injured reserve list, meaning the earliest he could return would be in the eighth game of the season on Nov. 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Raiders won't make that move until cutting the roster to the final 53, with Veldheer included in that number. He would then be placed on injured reserve, taking him off the roster, and the Raiders can add another player.

In the meantime, the Raiders will keep an eye out for available tackles, although McKenzie aid, "We're not looking to just bring in bodies. Veldheer's a real player and real players aren't just hanging around out there."


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