Crennel: Injured Texans CB Gareon Conley not ‘where we need him to be’

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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Texans cornerback Gareon Conley has yet to take a snap for the team this season while rehabilitating from offseason ankle surgery.

The rehab has not been successful and the team is unsure if and when he will play this season.

“He is trying to get back but I don’t think that he’s where we need him to be right now,” Texans interim head coach Crennel said Monday. “He’s had second opinions and they haven’t been able to pinpoint anything definite. So we’ll have to see how he does and if he can get back.”

The Texans’ secondary is banged up after cornerback Vernon Hargreaves briefly left Sunday’s loss to the Titans with a knee injury.

Lonnie Johnson Jr., who plays corner and safety, was kicked in the face in Sunday’s game.

Both players are being evaluated further, Crennel said Monday.

As for Conley, his future with the team is also uncertain.

The Texans declined his fifth-year option for next season, which would  have cost about $10.2 million. Conley figured to be a starter for Houston, opposite Bradley Roby.

Instead, most of those snaps have gone to Hargreaves.

The Texans acquired Conley midway through last season by trading a third-round pick to the Raiders. That pick had been acquired in the Jadeveon Clowney trade shortly before the 2019 season.