Oakland Raiders Announce Rod Streater Won’t Return for 2014 Season
By Chase Ruttig
Sep 7, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Rod Streater (80) celebrates after scoring on a 12-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
After injuring his foot in Week 3 against the New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders wideout Rod Streater was expected to be out for the season in what was a serious injury that sidelined the talented former undrafted free agent for considerable time. There was hope recently that Streater would return after visiting the practice field, initially reporting that his foot felt good, but after failing to be activated for the first two games in December that optimism turned into doubt that he would come back before the end of the season.
Those doubts were confirmed on Monday as interim head coach Tony Sparano announced that Streater will not return for the Raiders final two games, sitting him down for the rest of the season rather than bring him back for the home finale against the Buffalo Bills and a Week 17 clash with the Denver Broncos.
Streater is an unrestricted free agent this offseason so it is likely that he is back for 2015 unless another team seriously outbids the Raiders for the former UDFA, but his injury has been something that is unfortunate considering that rookie quarterback Derek Carr hasn’t been able to develop a relationship in game action with one of the team’s best wideouts on the roster. If Streater comes back to show the promise he has flashed during his first seasons for the Raiders, this year will be forgotten. However with a longterm foot injury the progress of Streater will be something to monitor early in the Raiders preparations for 2015 if the wideout does remain on the roster for next season.