Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley was stretchered off the field on Monday night after taking an inadvertent shot to the head from his own player.
He announced on Tuesday that he escaped severe injury and that the steps taken on the field Monday were precautionary.
Thank you to everybody who had me in their thoughts and prayers.. I hurt my neck nothing severe and it was just protocol to get me on a stretcher and get imaging to make sure everything was ok make sure it didn’t go down my spine or anything.. I’m good to go God Bless you all 🙏🏾— Gareon Conley (@_gconley8) September 10, 2019
Conley — near the end of the third quarter of their 24-16 win against the Denver Broncos at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum — was chasing down Broncos running back Royce Freeman on the sidelines, and managed to grab just a bit of Freeman’s jersey as he lost his footing and fell to the ground.
As Conley went down, though, Raiders rookie Johnathan Abram came flying in with his helmet lowered and drilled Freeman out of bounds. Abram’s helmet made direct contact with Freeman’s in the process, drawing the penalty.
However, as Abram was on his way to the ground, his leg swung around and nailed Conley directly on the top of his helmet, sending his head down.
Damn, watch #21 Gareon Conley's head! pic.twitter.com/f9hfbHfgbC— #BOOMIN (@ftbeard_17) September 10, 2019
Instantly, Conley’s hands grabbed his head in pain. He remained down on the field while the stadium fell quiet.
Medical staff evaluated Conley for quite some time before loading him on a stretcher to take him off the field. The 24-year-old did wave briefly and gave out a few high fives as he was loaded into the cart.
Gareon Conley gives a thumbs up as he's carted off the field 🙏 pic.twitter.com/KMChYGwrdE— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) September 10, 2019
Conley is in his third season in the league, and was selected by the Raiders with their first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He recorded 47 total tackles and three interceptions and one touchdown last season. He had three tackles on Monday night before suffering the injury.
The Raiders officially ruled him out of the rest of the game with a neck injury. The details of that injury are not yet known.
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