Gareon Conley’s rookie season has come to a premature end.
The Oakland Raiders have put the cornerback on injured reserve, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. With that, Conley’s first season in the NFL is over after just two games.
Source: the Raiders have placed first round pick CB Gareon Conley on IR. His season is over.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 13, 2017
Conley, who was drafted with the 24th pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, has been dealing with shin splints since he showed up at training camp over the summer. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie had previously said that if Conley’s health didn’t improve, he would be shut down for the season.
“We’ll see if we can do anything early in the week. We’ll make our determination from there,” McKenzie said, per the NBC Sports Bay Area’s Scott Bair.
“If he can’t go, he can’t go. Then we’ll just have to move on, but we’re going to give him every opportunity to see if he can do it,” he added.
He couldn’t, and so IR it is.
Conley has hardly played this season, appearing in just two games for the Raiders. He was on the field Weeks 2 and 3, but that’s been it. Even then, he made a minimal impact, tallying one pass defended and seven tackles in games against the New York Jets and Washington Redskins. Conley hadn’t practiced since Oct. 6.
A star at Ohio State, Conley recorded 91 tackles, 15 pass deflections, and six interceptions in three years of college ball. His performance there was enough to convince McKenzie that Conley will become the shutdown corner in the NFL, but the 22-year-old has to get healthy first.