INDIANAPOLIS -- Raiders weakside linebacker Sio Moore missed the final three games of last regular season with a hip injury that required surgery. He went under the knife in January for a procedure with a long recovery.
General manager Reggie McKenzie said on Wednesday that Moore won’t be ready for the start of the offseason program, which starts on April 6 and includes OTAs in May and June.
He is expected to be ready by training camp.
“He should be ready,” McKenzie said. “There’s nothing negative to suggest that he won’t be ready for training camp. He had major surgery, so it’s going to take him awhile to get back. We’re not going to have him push through just to have him ready for the start of OTAs. We’re not going to do that.
“We’ll be smart about it. We’re going to let him rehab and get strong. Barring any setbacks, he should be ready by training camp.”
Being active during OTAs will be more important than normal because defenders must adjust to a new scheme created by head coach Jack Del Rio and coordinator Ken Norton Jr., but Moore should be able to adjust during camp.
Moore emerged as a solid contributor with a bright upside. He had 90 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in his second season despite playing just 11 games. He’s expected to start next season opposite strongside linebackers Khalil Mack.