Gareon Conley's rookie NFL season came to an early end on Monday, when the Oakland Raiders placed the former Ohio State cornerback on injured reserve.
Selected with the 24th overall pick in this year's NFL draft, Conley played in only two games this season – in which he recorded seven total tackles – due to a shin injury.
Although Conley had not played in a game since Sept. 24, the Raiders waited until Monday to place him on injured reserve in hopes that he would be healthy enough to make an impact before the end of the season.
Should be said on CB Gareon Conley: He wowed Raiders in spring. Part of reason they waited so long to place him on IR is belief, if healthy, he'd help.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 13, 2017
According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Conley is expected to have surgery on his shin, with his sights set on being healthy for the 2018 season.
The #Raiders announce first-round CB Gareon Conley (shin) is placed on Injured Reserve, ending his season. He has options, but Im told surgery is likely. Fix the issue for good.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 13, 2017