Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback Gareon Conley wanted to play in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans, even if it wasn’t a full workload, according to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Scott Bair.
And apparently, the Raiders almost let him give it a go and get some work in against the Titans, but ultimately decided against it. While Bair reported that the Raiders chose to exercise patience with Conley and keep him sidelined in the opener, head coach Jack Del Rio stated that Conley is “chomping at the bit” to get into the action.
“He has been chomping at the bit, so to speak,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “Last week he was a bit disappointed that we weren’t going to play him. I assured him I thought it was imperative we do the right thing by him. When I felt he was ready, we would play him. Until then, I want him to do what he can and prepare accordingly. We’ll make a decision when we think it’s right.”
Obviously, this is a pretty good sign. If the Raiders were considering playing him last week, it means that his status for Week 2 is almost certainly trending upward.
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The team is proceeding with caution, as they don’t want Conley to suffer a setback with his shin injury, but as it stands right now, things are looking good for him to return sooner than later.
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