NAPA – The Raiders activated receiver Rod Streater off the non-football illness list on Sunday, in time for that morning’s practice.
Streater missed 11 practices and Friday’s preseason opener with an undisclosed illness, but was on the mend over the last week. A league source told CSN California last week lost some weight and conditioning during his illness, so he spent some time getting back in proper shape.
Streater targeted a return this week, and his presence at Sunday’s practice offers a real possibility he could play Saturday’s exhibition at Minnesota. He’ll have four practices to get re-acclimated to training camp. The Raiders, however, have been conservative with players returning from injury.
Streater is the last of four Raiders put on the shelf at the start of training camp. Trent Richardson was also on the active/non-football illness list, but returned last week from pneumonia. Defensive tackle Stacy McGee and return man Trindon Holliday started on the physically unable to perform list.
Streater’s return completes an upgraded receiver corps that also features Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Kenbrell Thompkins has fared well this camp as the team’s No. 3 receiver and first-team option in the slot, a position Streater is expected to reclaim in time.
The Raiders have a number of receivers worthy of a roster spot, and should have some tough choices added to fill out the bottom of that position’s depth chart.