The Raiders placed left tackle Jared Veldheer on injured reserve with a designation to return on Saturday morning.

The team signed tackle Matt McCants off the practice squad in a corresponding move.

Under the short-term IR guidelines Veldheer can return to practice six weeks after the designation is assigned. He’ll be eligible to play eight weeks after.

The Raiders made the move Friday because their hand was forced. A knee injury to offensive tackle Menelik Watson created an immediate need for depth at a position with no healthy reserves.