Raiders first-round draft pick Gareon Conley has been on the physically unable to perform list since Raiders training camp started. He got hurt during the team's June minicamp and hasn't practiced since.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Conley was out with shin splints. On Thursday, Conley refuted that claim on Twitter.
"Now I got shin splints lol," Conley said in a tweet that has since been deleted.
To make himself crystal clear, Conley responded to a fan and said, "I don't have shin splints lol."
And then: "A lot of people think they know what's going on when they don't it's funny to me tho."
Those tweets remain, and contradict what McKenzie said July 31, when he spoke with the press after a grand jury declined to charge Conley over sexual assault allegations.
"He has shins splints, so it could be a few days," McKenzie said then. "I don't know particulars, but once he starts running and not feeling pain. It's not going to take that long, but we're just going to give him some time to heal up, and then we'll get him out there."
Conley hasn't practiced, or been seen doing side work in practices open to the press. The Raiders declined comment on Conley's injury status on Thursday afternoon. Conley has not been available for comment since the offseason program, as the Raiders generally don't allow injured players to speak with the press.
The Raiders selected Conley No. 24 overall in this year's NFL draft despite sexual allegations being made public the week before. They stuck by him and defended his character at every turn while the legal process played out.
Here are his tweets:
I don't have shin splints lol— Gareon Conley (@_gconley8) August 10, 2017
Lol You good bruh I ain't trippin just a lot of people think they know what's going on when they don't it's funny to me tho— Gareon Conley (@_gconley8) August 10, 2017