Raiders place Gareon Conley on IR

Sep 17 2017 Oakland CA USA Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley stands on the field before the start of the game against the New York Jets at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

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It didn't take long for free agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie to seize the opportunity left by the Raiders shutting down rookie CB Gareon Conley for the season Monday, as he took to Twitter to let the team know he was available for employment.

Conley had not played since Week 3 because of a shin injury.

The Raiders had taken Conley late in the first round of this year's draft in hopes that he could become a huge part of the secondary and potentially start down the line to replace Sean Smith.

Conley broke up a pass the first time he was tested against the New York Jets in Week 2.

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"It's just people's bodies are different, when you have those type injuries, you wait and see if it can heal and feel better and good enough to play early in the season", general manager Reggie McKenzie said last week. He was feeling better, then he had a setback. if he can't go, then he can't go and we're going to have to move on. "He came in hitting the ground running". The Raiders - who had a bye over the weekend - have only one cornerback, TJ Carrie, who has played more than 50 percent of their defensive snaps this season.

Conley's absence is nothing new to the Raiders' struggling secondary, which has to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Mexico City this weekend.

Latham, a second-year defensive lineman from IN, was suspended four games by the NFL on October 9 for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

He has played just two games this season, recording one pass defended and seven tackles. He pushed an official's arm out of the way on the sideline in the second quarter after quarterback Marcus Mariota ran out of bounds. "But he is a good football player and he will have a great career".

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