Breaking news: One more player placed on injured reserve by the Raiders
Gareon Conley has been placed on injured reserve by the Raiders, ending the 2017 first-round pick’s rookie season, the team announced Monday afternoon.
ESPN’s Field Yates first reported the news.
Conley hadn’t practiced since Oct. 6 while dealing with a shin injury. Oakland took Conley 24th overall out of Ohio State in April’s draft, and the injury held him out of the season opener in Tennessee. Conley returned for games at home against the Jets and at Washington, however, and the corner had seven combined tackles in those two games.
The Raiders were enamored with Conley’s cover ability in the offseason, but he’s been sidelined since Week 3 after his shin injury worsened. Both head coach Jack Del Rio and general manager Reggie McKenzie said a decision on Conley’s immediate future would be made early this week.
“We’ll see what’s happening after when we come back from the weekend and see if we can do anything early in the week, and we’ll make our determination from there,” McKenzie told reporters last week regarding Conley. “It’s just people’s bodies are different, when you have those type injuries, you wait and see if it can heal and feel better and good enough to play. He was feeling better, then he had a setback . . . if he can’t go, then he can’t go and we’re going to have to move on. But we’re going to give him every opportunity to see if he can do it.”
Conley’s absence is nothing new to the Raiders’ struggling secondary, which has to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Mexico City this weekend. Starting cornerback David Amerson missed Oakland’s game in Miami with a foot injury, and TJ Carrie, Dexter McDonald and Sean Smith handled cornerback duties against the Dolphins.
The Patriots have the best offense in the NFL and Oakland owns one of the worst passing defenses. Amerson’s return would help the Raiders, however much that may be, with Oakland sitting just outside the AFC playoff picture.
Defensive tackle Darius Latham was reinstated from a four-game suspension as a corresponding move.