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Raiders rookie top pick CB Gareon Conley headed for injured reserve, ending his season

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NFL: Oakland Raiders-Minicamp Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Just as Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said last week, the Raiders would be making a decision one way or the other on rookie top pick cornerback Gareon Conley’s status for the remainder of the season. That decision was made Monday and the team will shutting him down the remainder of the season.

Conley head to injured reserve after failing to recover from a shin injury he suffered back in the team’s June minicamp. He appeared in two games this season in weeks two and three and purportedly aggravated the injury, causing him to miss all six of the team’s games since then.

The team’s selection at 24 overall in this year’s draft, Conley missed all of training camp with the injury. He returned to practice just prior to the start of the season, but missed the season opener in Tennessee anyway as he was acclimating back into shape after having missed two months with the injury.

Once the sexual assault allegations that had him fall in the first round were found to have no credibility, it was thought the Raiders had themselves a steal with no additional complications. He may be talented, but we’ll now have to wait a year to find out.

In a corresponding move the Raiders reinstated defensive tackle Darius Latham who had been suspended in early October for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.