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Could we see Gareon Conley play Saturday for the Raiders after nearly a year away? He says he’s ready

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“I’m ready.” That’s what Gareon Conley said Wednesday of his prospects of playing Saturday when the Raiders face the Rams in their second preseason game.

The second year cornerback just returned to practice Monday after missing most of training camp and the team’s first preseason game with a hip injury he suffered on the first day of camp.

Including tomorrow’s final camp practice, Conley will have attended a total of five practices this training camp. That’s five more than he attended as a rookie last year. He missed his first camp with a shin injury that lingered longer than anyone expected.

He returned from the shin injury in time for the start of the season, but sat the season opener in Tennessee. Conley took the field for the second game without issue. Then in the third game in Washington, he aggravated the injury, was lost and never returned. That was September 24; nearly a year ago.

Conley participated in the offseason program and then went out with a groin injury in minicamps. So, needless to say, his presence at practice is not a regular sight. His presence on the field of play is even more rare.

The former top pick is an expected starter for the Raiders, but has not yet started a game for them, making his return highly anticipated. Could it happen Saturday in LA? We’ll see.