Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley will have surgery to repair his injured shin on Monday, a week after he was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
This year’s No. 24 overall pick announced that news in an Instagram post, accompanied by a picture of his young son.
Surgery was always a likely outcome after heading to IR, though the team never formally stated that would occur.
The Raiders believe Conley will return completely healthy for the 2018 campaign, and have high hopes for him as a lock down cover man.
They could certainly use him this season. He was expected to contribute heavily as a rookie, but a shin injury suffered in a June minicamp prevented that from happening. He missed training camp and the entire preseason slate, but eventually made his NFL debut in Week 2. He suffered a setback in a Week 3 game at Washington, and was shut down indefinitely on Oct. 6.
Conley was re-evaluated early last week, and the Raiders didn’t see enough progress to keep him on the 2017 roster.
The Raiders are lacking at cornerback with Conley down and David Amerson dealing with a foot injury.
Head coach Jack Del Rio will speak to the media Monday afternoon, and provide an update on Conley’s procedure.