NAPA – There isn’t a specific timetable for Raiders receiver Rod Streater to come off the active/non-football illness list. He is, however, getting close to a return to action.
A league source said on Tuesday that Streater is aiming to return within the next week. His exact diagnosis remains undisclosed, but the ailment slowed him down some.
He lost some weight, and is now getting back into proper shape before practicing with the team. Streater has missed 11 practices to this point, and obviously won’t play in Friday’s exhibition opener against the St. Louis Rams at O.co Coliseum.
Streater is itching to practice with his teammates and increase familiarity with quarterback Derek Carr and coordinator Bill Musgrave’s offensive scheme.
Streater was expected to be the team’s No. 3 receiver, with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree as primary starters. Kenbrell Thompkins has filled that third spot well, taking first-unit reps primarily from the slot.
Streater is a valuable asset and has plenty of time to re-acclimate during the preseason. He was the Raiders leading receiver in 2013, with 60 catches for 888 yards and four touchdowns.
Streater didn’t play much last year. He fractured his foot in a Week 3 loss at New England and did not return. He worked to build a strong rapport with quarterback Derek Carr this offseason. He played catch with Carr and worked out with him regularly after the team's offseason program formally wrapped.