The Oakland Raiders selected rookie cornerback Gareon Conley in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. However, since allowing Conley to come off the board at No. 24 overall this past spring, the Raiders have encountered a slew of different issues surrounding the first-year defensive back.
While a domestic violence allegation has been dismissed, the latest headlines have revolved around a lingering leg injury. After it was originally revealed that Conley was suffering from shin splints, he tweeted that the issue was in fact not related to splints after all.
“There have been some questions about [Conley] and his tweet,” Del Rio said on Saturday evening, via Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. “The biggest thing is that he’s working his butt off to get back. He’s doing everything we’re asking him to do. He’s been a model teammate, and he’s doing things exactly as he should be. He’s on the mend.
“…He’s going to be fine in a short amount of time, and that’s also a non-issue for me.”
Starting the recent string of back-and-forth banter, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie previously stated back on July 31 that the up-and-coming cornerback was placed on the team’s physically unable to perform (PUP) list due to shin splints. Regardless, Conley was indeed absent for the Raiders’ preseason-opener against the Arizona Cardinals, an outing that resulted in a 20-10 loss in the desert.