NEW ORLEANS -- General manager Reggie McKenzie said the Raiders don't have a timetable as yet for the return of left tackle Jared Veldheer, who underwent surgery for a torn triceps Friday.

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

Jim Veldheer, the tackle's father, tweeted, "Jared is in recovery. All went well."

It remains likely 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 then would 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 said, "We're not looking to just bring in bodies. Veldheer's a real player, and real players aren't just hanging around out there."

  • Tight end David Ausberry left Friday's game against the Saints after falling awkwardly on his shoulder, and cornerback Tracy Porter departed with a groin injury.

  • Defensive tackle Jack Crawford had a strong sequence to open the second half. After making the tackle on a kickoff return, Crawford sacked Seneca Wallace for an 8-yard loss, made the tackle on a 4-yard gain by Travaris Cadet, then pressured Wallace into an incompletion on third-and-long.

    Crawford later recovered a Cadet fumble that was forced by Brandian Ross. Ross dropped Cadet for a 6-yard loss on the first play of that drive.

  • It was Matt Flynn's first game at the Superdome since Jan. 7, 2008, when he led LSU to a 38-24 win over Ohio State in the BCS championship game.

  • Former Raider Jay Richardson, out of football since being cut by the Seahawks in 2010, has resurfaced with the Saints as a 6-foot-6, 280-pound outside linebacker. Richardson signed with the Saints before New Orleans brought former Raiders assistant Rob Ryan aboard as defensive coordinator.

    Defensive back Chris Carr, another former Raider, is also with the Saints.

  • Players who were scratched because of injuries for the Raiders were wide receiver Jacoby Ford, running back Latavius Murray, linebacker Kaluka Maiava, linebacker Miles Burris, Veldheer, tackle Menelik Watson, wide receiver Juron Criner, defensive tackle Pat Sims, defensive tackle Vance Walker and defensive end Lamarr Houston.