Arizona Cardinals left tackle Jared Veldheer has a fractured finger, head coach Bruce Arians said. Despite the injury though, Arians claims that the left tackle “should be fine” and he may be able to play with the ailing finger.
Veldheer, the teams starting left tackle, was injured in the Cardinals 6-6 tie this past Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks. He left briefly, but was able to finish the game with the injury.
Although fractures are never a good thing, the news that Veldheer will be able to continue playing through the injury is a huge positive for the Cardinals. The team already lost starting guard Evan Mathis for the year with a leg injury, so they certainly can’t afford to lose another starting offensive lineman.
Before coming to the Cardinals, Veldheer made a name for himself with the Oakland Raiders. They drafted him in the third-round of the 2010 draft out of Hillsdale and he played the first four seasons of his career in Oakland. He took over as the starting left tackle during his rookie season and it was a position he never relinquished.
The Cardinals then made a big splash when they signed Veldheer to a five-year, $35 million contract in the 2014 offseason and he immediately took over as the starter in Arizona. He’s kept the position ever since, so they’re certainly happy that he won’t miss any time.