Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley, stretchered off the field Monday against the Broncos with an apparent head or neck injury, “is going to be OK,” coach Jon Gruden said after the game.
“I got good word on him that he’s going to be OK. I don’t know his status for the next game, but most importantly the kid is all right,” Gruden told reporters ( via the East Bay Times ). “That was a scary hit that he took, but all the reports that I have are very, very positive.”
Conley, 24, appeared to suffer the injury with a little more than five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Conley tripped while attempting to make a tackle and was then kicked in the head by teammate Johnathan Abram.
Play was stopped for several minutes while medical staff and trainers tended to Conley, who recorded three total tackles before exiting. He was immobilized on a back board and left in his helmet, with the facemask removed.
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Conley gave the crowd a thumbs up while being taken off the field.
Abram, the hard-hitting first-round pick out of Mississippi State, was penalized on the play for leading with his helmet while tackling the Broncos’ Royce Freeman. The personal foul helped the Broncos eventually get a field goal to cut Oakland’s lead to 14-6. Oakland eventually won, 24-16
Abram said after the game he had no idea how Conley was injured.
“I really didn’t see what happened,” Abram told reporters. “I think the running back fell on top of him or something. We were praying for him. But we had to go out there and finish the game for him.”
The Raiders originally selected Conley out of Ohio State with the No. 24 pick in the 2017 draft.
He has three interceptions and 16 pass breakups in 17 career games.