Texans interim HC Romeo Crennel was asked about CB Gareon Conley, who has been on injured reserve all season, and whether he would be back with the team.
“Conley is not working, so I don’t know where (a possible return) stands,” Crennel said, per Aaron Reiss.
Aaron Wilson reports that Conley had complications from his offseason following the arthroscopic ankle surgery he underwent. Wilson explains that Conley’s rehab didn’t go well and he was experiencing issues that affected mobility, flexibility and pain level during training camp.
According to Wilson, there’s no expectation from the Texans that Conley will return from injured reserve this season.
Conley, 25, is a former first-round pick by the Raiders in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. He’s entering the final year of his four-year, $10,467,424 rookie contract and is set to earn a base salary of $1,892,376 in 2020.
The Raiders traded him to the Texans in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick back in October of last year. Houston declined Conley’s fifth-year option this past April, which would have cost them $10,089,000 for the 2021 season.
Conley is in line to be an unrestricted free agent next year.
In 2019, Conley appeared in 14 total games for the Raiders and Texans, recording 50 total tackles, no sacks, one interception, and 13 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 55 overall cornerback out of 112 qualifying players.