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Gareon Conley will play for Raiders vs. Chiefs week after neck injury

Gareon Conley will play for Raiders vs. Chiefs week after neck injury

There was a scary scene Monday night in Oakland. Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley was taken off the field on a stretcher after being kicked in the head by his own teammate. 

Conley gave the crowd a thumbs up as he exited the Oakland Coliseum, and one week later, there's positive news. The third-year pro will suit up for the Raiders on Sunday against the Chiefs.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport first reported Sunday morning that Conley is "slated to play" in Oakland against the Chiefs. 

Having Conley on the field is good for many reasons, starting with his health. 

“It was scary,” Conley said Friday. “I didn’t want to get up initially, but I knew I was good once some time passed. After a while, my neck didn’t really hurt.”

The Raiders will need as much help as possible in their secondary. They face the tall task of defending quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the explosive Chiefs offense.

Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns in Kansas City's 40-26 Week 1 win over the Jaguars.

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Sunday will be quite the test for the Raiders' defense and having Conley on the field will only help.

Why Gruden wasn't mad about Derek Carr's throw away on fourth-and-goal

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Why Gruden wasn't mad about Derek Carr's throw away on fourth-and-goal

OAKLAND -- Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hung in the pocket one second after another surveying and surveying and surveying some more, waiting in vain for someone to come free. He moved slightly to his left and then rolled back right, with Derek Carrier and Zay Jones running parallel with him.

Neither guy was open, so Carr eventually elected to throw it away.

That’s when the boos came. It was to be expected, considering the concession came on fourth-and-goal from the 1. That wasn’t a major moment. The Raiders were down three scores late in the game. That play’s outcome wouldn’t have mattered much either way.

It was, however, essentially still a tap out. Carr could've given Jones or Carrier a chance to make a play but didn't. At minimum, the optics weren't great. Ultimately, however, head coach Jon Gruden wasn’t upset over that play’s result.

“I think he kept the play alive for like 12 seconds. It wasn’t like he just aborted the ball,” Gruden said. “He exhausted that play for what it was. I’m not going to stand here and say that was a turning point in the game.”

Carr didn’t have anybody open and bought time, but didn’t try to force it anywhere when nobody was open and he ran out of real estate heading toward the sideline.

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“They put us into a scramble drill,” Carr said. “I tried to extend the play in the pocket, like we’ve been working on. I tried to find somebody in the pocket and then as soon as they got close I tried to extend it outside the pocket. I promise you I wrung out the whole [towel] on that one.

“There were seven defensive backs looking at me, waiting for the ball. It is what it is.”

Josh Jacobs 'in tears' when Raiders told him he was out vs. Titans

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Josh Jacobs 'in tears' when Raiders told him he was out vs. Titans

OAKLAND -- Josh Jacobs has been a warrior all season for the Raiders. 

The rookie has battled through injuries, dragging himself onto the field to help his team make a postseason run in the running back's first season in silver and black. Jacobs loves being a Raiders and wants to return the team to the storied status it once occupied in the NFL landscape. 

Jacobs' toughness is well-documented, but the Raiders wouldn't let him go Sunday. The rookie star has a fractured shoulder, and despite getting the pain-killing shot he's been receiving for weeks, Jon Gruden put his foot down Sunday and made the back inactive for Oakland's eventual 42-21 loss to the Titans at the Coliseum. 

"I give him a lot of credit," Gruden said of Jacobs after the loss. "He was really in tears today wanting to play. He took a shot to play, like he's been doing, but the injury we just wouldn't let him go out there and play under these circumstances. We don't know what his status for the upcoming ball game will be, but we will keep you posted."

Jacobs is slated to have an MRI this week, but the rest of his season is in doubt. 

It no doubt will kill him if the Raiders shut him down now.

"He was hurt, man," running back DeAndre Washington said of Jacobs' reaction that he couldn't play. "He's a competitor man. We took it upon our shoulders to make sure that we had his back. He's been putting in work all year man. Hell of a season.Rookie of the Year for sure." 

Jacobs has had a fantastic season for the Raiders and should be the Offensive Rookie of the Year even if his season is over with. He broke Marcus Allen's Raiders rookie rushing record and became the first Raiders rookie to eclipse 1,000 yards during Oakland's Week 13 loss to the Chiefs. 

[RELATED: Gruden not mad about Carr's fourth-and-goal throw away]

Jacobs wouldn't have helped the Raiders much Sunday unless he was playing linebacker. Oakland's defense was shredded early and often, as Ryan Tannehill threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The Raiders' offense without Jacobs was serviceable for a half, but he was unable to get in the end zone during the second half to stem the tide and the Titans pulled away in the third quarter. 

With the Raiders now at 6-7 and their playoff hopes on life support, it would be prudent to shut Jacobs and down and make sure he is 100 percent heading into next season.