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Riley not expecting Stroughter to play this season, but ...

Although Oregon State wide receiver Sammie Stroughter recently practiced, coach Mike Riley said Monday at his weekly news conference that he still does not anticipate Stroughter playing games this season.

Stroughter, who led the Pac-10 in receiving last year and returned three punts for touchdowns, also attended a meeting and walkthrough on Sunday. This, after he took an indefinite leave of absence from the team after the death of two family members and a former coach.

"I'm not anticipating him playing in games this year," Riley said Monday. "But I've been surprised already. It won't happen for sure for Utah."

The Beavers open against Utah this week.

"I wouldn't read too much into it as far as playing," Riley said of Strougther's surprise appearance recently. "I'm not. He came out and had fun the other day. This is all on his time and it will be his time and his family's decision. There are no parameters on his return. Now I didn't think he'd be out there catching punts the other day. He just got dressed. Went down and caught some punts."

Television reporter Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.