Raiders place Gareon Conley on IR

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That means that the team's first-round pick's rookie season is over before it ever really got a chance to get going, and according to the San Diego Union-Tribune's Dr. David J. Chao, Conley will likely need surgery to rectify his damaged shin. Conley returned for games at home against the Jets and at Washington, however, and the corner had seven combined tackles in those two games.

ESPN's Field Yates first reported the news.

General manager Reggie McKenzie told reporters last week the Raiders were "trying to give it some time to calm down and see if (Conley) can 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.

Now that the Raiders have made a decision to move on and give Conley a chance to fully heal for next season, Oakland's top cornerbacks going into this Sunday's game against the Patriots in Mexico City will be TJ Carrie, Sean Smith and Dexter McDonald, with David Amerson trying to work his way back from a foot injury that forced him to miss the team's last game, against Miami.

McKenzie acknowledged the Raiders have "missed" Conley, who came in "hitting the ground running". Amerson's return would help the Raiders, however much that may be, with Oakland sitting just outside the AFC playoff picture.

Sunday's game against New England is set to kick off at 1:25 p.m.

Oakland also must make trips to first-place Kansas City and Philadelphia, as well as Los Angeles for the season finale against the Chargers as part of a hard closing schedule. The Raiders also reinstated defensive tackle Darius Latham from the reserve/suspended list to take Conley's spot on the active roster. Latham had been suspended four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

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