ALAMEDA – Rod Streater feared the worst after fracturing his foot in a Week 3 loss at New England.
“I thought I was done,” Streater said. “Foot injuries take a long time to heal, and I just didn’t think I was coming back from this one in time.”
Streater had surgery and was walking a few days later, which raised his spirits some.
On Thursday afternoon, Streater seemed sure that he would return on schedule.
He was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return Oct. 2, putting him on the shelf for six weeks and out of game action for eight weeks.
Those are minimum requirements – a player can take more time if necessary -- but Streater is confidence he’ll return on time.
He can return to practice on Nov. 13, can be activated on Nov. 27 and would be eligible to play Nov. 30 at St. Louis.
“That’s the plan,” Streater said. “It’s been tough to watch the team struggle without being able to contribute, but the rehab itself is going great.”
The Raiders could certainly use him. They've shown little stability opposite James Jones, with dynamic, yet inconsistent play in his stead.