It’s not this injury that is the worry.
It’s the fact that it’s yet another issue for Gareon Conley that is concerning. So, the fact that Conley has a hip strain that will keep him out of practice, for at least a couple of weeks, is just a nuisance.
On #Raiders 2017 first-round CB Gareon Conley, who has missed the last few days: He is expected to miss a couple of weeks with a hip strain, sources tell @JimTrotter_NFL and me. When he’s on the field, though, he’s impressed.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 30, 2018
However, the injury does offer some concern.
This kid can’t stay healthy. Sometimes, NFL careers never take off because of one injury after another. You have to wonder if that’s going to be the case with Conley, the Raiders’ first-round pick last year.
The Ohio State cornerback was initially hurt in June of 2017, weeks after Oakland took him. He missed basically all of training camp. He did come back and play in two games early in the season before getting injured again and being out for the season.
He was brought along slowly in April and May of this year. Then, he was injured in June. Now, after not finishing one non-padded practice on opening day Friday, Conley has a hip strain and will miss, at least, two weeks.
When is this guy going to be able to stay on the field?
The Raiders rave about Conley when he is on the practice field. But he just can’t stay on the practice field.
This kid needs to work. He isn’t going to be a shut-down corner because of ability alone. He needs to work. He needs to learn the NFL game.
There is a chance he will be out for the rest of the Napa camp. And it wouldn’t be surprising if he misses the first half of the preseason. That’s significant considering he missed so much football as a rookie.
Again, it’s not the hip strain that’s the worry. It’s the fact that Conley keeps getting injured and his development keeps getting delayed.
At some point, this troubling trend is going to have to stop.