Raiders injury report: Myers questionable

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Raiders injury report: Myers questionable

ALAMEDA -- Here's the injury situation headed into the Raiders game in Denver.

OUT: OT Khalif Barnes (groin), CB Shawntae Spencer (foot)

DOUBTFUL: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussionneck)

Had a chance to get a few words from DHB after today's practice. He said he doesn't remember anything about the hit Steelers safety Ryan Munday put on him in the end zone in the fourth quarter on Sunday. He does remember coming to consciousness sometime when he was on the cart being led back to the locker room. You'll remember that he had the presence of mind to raise his arm to the Raider Nation when he was being carted off, the universal signal for "I'm all right."

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DHB also said that Mundy texted him after the play to see that he was OK. Heyward-Bey indicated that the hit, which Munday was fined 21K for, wasn't a big deal for him. "It's football."

Dennis Allen said his fourth year wide receiver was making a "lotta progress" and the receiver himself said he's just begun the process of taking the concussion tests which will determine when he can get back on the field. He's listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in Denver, but as he's not passed any of the tests yet -- "doubtful" seems optimistic. Stay logged on as we'll have video from DHB's locker room interview in a bit.

QUESTIONABLE: TE Brandon Myers (concussion), RB Mike Goodson (hamstring), Rod Streater (neckeye)

The good news here is Myers has passed his concussion tests, according to head coach Dennis Allen, and has been cleared for contact. Myers has been a revelation in the Raiders passing game, catching all 15 passes thrown his way this season. Rod Streater, on the other hand, had an eye issue leading up to today's practice, and after practice ended, he has a neck issue, too. According to Dennis Allen, the receiver tweaked his neck today.

PROBABLE: CG Alex Parsons (shoulder), RB Darren McFadden (shoulder), TE David Ausberry (shoulder), K Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), NT Tommy Kelly (knee), DT Richard Seymour (knee), DB Michael Huff (knee).

As Insider Paul Gutierrez mentioned yesterday, Richard Seymour's appearance at Thursday's practice was a good sign, and today, he's listed as probable.

BRONCOS INJURY REPORT:

OUT: S Quinton Carter (knee)

DOUBTFUL: G Chris Kuper (forearm)

QUESTIONABLE: LB Nate Irving (concussion), WR Matt Willis (hamstring)

PROBABLE: CB Chris Harris (ankle), RB Willis McGahee (ribs), CB Tracy Porter (knee), TE Jacob Tamme (groin)

More coming from Alameda soon- Dennis Allen did offer a few nuggets as to whether newly-acquired DE Andre Carter would play on Sunday. Story, and some video to follow.

Defense remains in demand, but Raiders won't reach 'to satisfy a need'

Defense remains in demand, but Raiders won't reach 'to satisfy a need'

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders needed cornerback help and got some by drafting Gareon Conley 24th overall. General manager Reggie McKenzie insists he didn’t select solely to fill a need.

“This was totally the draft board,” he said Thursday night. “I mean, it was hands down the best player left on our board.”

Head coach Jack Del Rio chipped away at that stance a bit, clearly happy to get a good player in an area where he can help right away.

“A lot of us guys say that this time of year though, don’t we?” Del Rio said with a laugh. “Definitely was a happy moment for us.”

Conley was a top 15 talent, with stock driving south by a sexual assault allegation made public this week that is being investigated by Cleveland. He has not been charged or arrested in regard to the April 9 incident.

The Raiders are confident he’ll be cleared, leaving them with an excellent value that could provide long-term production in the secondary.

Cornerback wasn’t the only Raiders need. They’re in desperate need of an inside linebacker – they passed on Alabama’s Reuben Foster – and could used depth at defensive tackle and safety.

McKenzie says he’ll continue to follow his draft board over reaching for a specific position. The Raiders were happy to acquire Conley, and hope more value comes their way.

“Well, hopefully there’s Day 2 that will fall the same way,” McKenzie said. “We’re going to still follow our board. We know our needs, but, we will not let, we feel, a great player slip by just to satisfy a need. We will follow our board, that’s for sure. There are a lot of good players, so we’re expecting a good day tomorrow.”

Matching need and value is the ultimate goal. If that occurs, expect a defensive slant to the rest of this draft. They need early impact players and depth at every level of their defense. They might consider an offensive tackle, with uncertainty at right tackle and Donald Penn unsure if he’ll play beyond the 2017 season. It seems unlikely the Raiders go for a running back unless it’s late, after acquiring Marshawn Lynch this week.

There’s plenty of talent heading into the second round. Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham is the best inside linebacker on the board, with Florida’s Alex Anzalone and LSU’s Kendall Beckwith behind him. Malik McDowell and Caleb Wormley and are intriguing defensive line options. Cam Robinson is considered the best offensive tackle left on the board, though he's likely gone before the Raiders pick.

Raiders' first-round pick Conley opens up on emotions after off-field issues

Raiders' first-round pick Conley opens up on emotions after off-field issues

ALAMEDA – Gareon Conley’s name has been sullied, at least temporarily. He feared it would be long enough to send him free falling down the NFL Draft.

The Ohio State cornerback and top-15 prospect was accused of rape stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland, an allegation he called “completely false.”

The Raiders clearly believe him. That’s why they drafted him No. 24 overall on Thursday evening, and expect him to be a long-term solution in their secondary.

Conley wasn’t sure how far he’d fall after being beaten down by one rough week, when the allegation went public. Reggie McKenzie’s first-round selection and subsequent call was more emotional than expected.

“It made it 10 times more special,” Conley said Thursday night in a conference call. “Just having that doubt in my mind, just not knowing (how far I would fall). Just having faith and having doubt, I didn’t know what was going to happen. When it came, it shocked me. It felt unreal, honestly. It still feels unreal.”

Being a top pick was expected after an excellent career at Ohio State. The rape accusation threatened to destroy his draft-day dreams. Conley has not been arrested or charged in relation to the incident, though an investigation is ongoing.

Conley said he volunteered to take a polygraph test that was shared with NFL teams, and reportedly passed the one he took. He said in a statement there are witnesses and video evidence proving he didn’t do anything illegal.

Conley spent the last few days trying to proclaim his innocence. 

He is scheduled to meet with Cleveland police on Monday to discuss the April 9 incident -- he'll also submit a DNA sample, according to ESPN -- where group sex was suggested and a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted.

Conley believes his name will be cleared in time.

“I’m very confident it will be resolved," Conley said. "I took a test today that helps. Then when I made my statement and all the evidence that I have, I feel confident it’ll be resolved.”

Conley admits he shouldn’t have put himself in a compromising position, which occurred at a Cleveland hotel earlier this month.

“I could’ve made way better judgment,” Conley said. “I mean, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but I definitely could’ve made a better decision.”

Conley hopes to move beyond it quickly and start focusing on football. He is scheduled to fly west for a press conference on Friday.

Conley is thankful to the Raiders for believing in him despite his recent troubles.

“It’s off the charts, honestly,” Conley said. “Just to know that they have faith in me, not even just as a football player but as a person like that, it speaks highly of them, and I really appreciate it. It’s an honor to be a part of the Raider organization.”