The Oakland Raiders have made it this far with a patchwork offensive line that's done its best to protect both Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin this season. The return of Jared Veldheer will help.

The underrated left tackle was activated off short-term injured reserve Wednesday after partially tearing his triceps in August, the team announced. In a corresponding move, the Raiders waived disappointing rookie passer Tyler Wilson.

For now, Veldheer is expected to rotate bookend snaps with veteran offensive tackle Khalif Barnes. In recent practices, Veldheer's presence at left tackle has allowed the Raiders to shift Barnes to left guard, a lineup we might see Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys.

"I'm feeling really good and fresh," Veldheer said Tuesday, per the San Jose Mercury News. "It's an odd thing to feel that way in Week 13. That's something that builds confidence. I'm ready to get back out there and play."