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Eddie Vanderdoes to begin season on PUP list

By: Nick Pecoraro of the Auburn Journal
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Placer High grad Eddie Vanderdoes will begin his second NFL season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, the Oakland Raiders announced July 24.

 

Vanderdoes suffered a torn left ACL in the late stages of the Raiders’ regular season finale Dec. 31 against the Los Angeles Chargers. It was the second such injury that Vanderdoes has sustained as he tore the same left knee during the season-opener of his junior year at UCLA, causing him to miss the rest of the 2015 season.

 

Vanderdoes joined left tackle Donald Penn and defensive tackle P.J. Hall on the PUP list to begin the 2018 season.

 

Vanderdoes missed out on participating in the Raiders’ minicamp in June. Multiple reports suggest that there is no definitive timetable for his return to regular football activities.

 

After being drafted in the third round (88th overall) in 2017, Vanderdoes started 13 of Oakland’s 16 regular season games during his rookie season, compiling 13 tackles from the defensive tackle position.

 

Vanderdoes was a five-star recruit as a member of the Placer football program from 2010–2013, where he led the Hillmen to three playoff appearances, capped with a Pioneer Valley League Championship his senior season.

 

At UCLA, Vanderdoes was a First-Team Freshman All-American as well as a three-time Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection. He helped guide the Bruins to two bowl victories during his tenure with the program.

 

Vanderdoes became the third Placer alum, according to football-reference.com, to be drafted and play in the NFL, joining Gary Anderson, drafted in 1977 by the Detroit Lions, and Lee Murchison, taken in the sixth round of the 1960 draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

 

The Raiders’ preseason schedule begins Aug. 10 against Detroit in Oakland. The 2018 regular season is slated for Sept. 10 at home against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football.