Raiders rookie Conley cleared in rape case

Grand jury de­clines all charges against de­fen­sive back.

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A grand jury in Cleve­land de­cided not to charge Oakland Raiders rookie Gareon Conley with any crimes af­ter a rape in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Spokesman Ryan Mi­day of the Cuya­hoga County Prose­cu­tor’s Of­fice said in a state­ment Mon­day that the grand jury de­clined all pos­si­ble charges for Conley af­ter be­ing pre­sented the facts and cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the sex­ual-as­sault al­le­ga­tions.

“I’m ex­cited for him,” Raiders gen­eral man­ager Reg­gie McKen­zie said from camp in Napa, Cal­i­for­nia. “It’s tough on a young man like that to go through this. I’m ex­cited for Gareon and the Raiders for the process to work. We’re ex­cited and now we can move for­ward.”

Conley is a de­fen­sive back who starred at Ohio State. He was ac­cused by a 23-year-old woman of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her in a Cleve­land ho­tel room April 9. Conley’s at­tor­ney says the sex was con­sen­sual. Conley has co­op­er­ated with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and said he passed a poly­graph test.

Conley signed a fouryear con­tract Fri­day with the Raiders, who said they did enough re­search be­fore the draft to be com­fort­able with tak­ing Conley with the 24th over­all pick.

“We just trusted our process re­ally,” McKen­zie said. “We felt go­ing into it with all the in­for­ma­tion we got it would come out this way. I’m glad it worked out.”

Conley is cur­rently on the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list be­cause of a shin splint. McKen­zie said he could be back on the field in a few days once he is able to run with­out pain.

■ For­mer Raiders de­fen­sive back Dave Grayson died in Alameda, Calif., at 78, the team said. Grayson, who also played for the Tex­ans and Chiefs, had 48 in­ter­cep­tions in 139 games.

Jaguars: Left tackle Bran­den Al­bert re­tired, end­ing his NFL ca­reer af­ter nine sea­sons and two Pro Bowls.

Al­bert called it quits fol­low­ing three prac­tices and a brief dis­cus­sion with coach Doug Mar­rone.

“He came in and told me that he was talk­ing about re­tire­ment,” Mar­rone said. “And then my mind goes on to the next thing, like, ‘OK, we’ve got to get ready for prac­tice.’”

Al­bert is the fifth NFL player to re­tire in the past week, fol­low­ing New Eng­land de­fen­sive end Rob Ninkovich, Bal­ti­more of­fen­sive line­man John Urschel, New Eng­land re­ceiver An­drew Hawkins and Den­ver safety David Bru­ton Jr.

The Jaguars ac­quired Al­bert, 32, in a trade with Mi­ami in March, giv­ing up a sev­enth-round draft pick in 2018 that Jack­sonville now gets back be­cause Al­bert failed to be on the 53-man ros­ter for at least three reg­u­lar-sea­son games.

Al­bert skipped most of Jack­sonville’s off­sea­son pro­gram be­cause he wanted a new con­tract. He was sched­uled to make $8.8 mil­lion in 2017 and $9.5 mil­lion in 2018.

He re­ported for camp last week and spent the first three days of prac­tice split­ting first-team rep­e­ti­tions with rookie Cam Robin­son, a sec­ond-round draft pick from Alabama who now likely will get the job by de­fault.

Steel­ers: Rookie run­ning back James Con­ner missed prac­tice while hav­ing tests on a shoul­der in­jury sus­tained Sun­day in the first padded work­out. Con­ner also missed time dur­ing or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties and mini­camp with a ham­string prob­lem.

Dol­phins: Coach Adam Gase says run­ning back Jay Ajayi is be­ing eval­u­ated for a pos­si­ble con­cus­sion af­ter get­ting hurt dur­ing prac­tice.

Car­di­nals: Cor­ner­back Tra­mon Wil­liams got a oneyear con­tract af­ter spend­ing the last two sea­sons with Cleve­land and eight years with Green Bay.

Bron­cos: John Bowlen, son of club owner Pat Bowlen, was ar­rested in Cal­i­for­nia and faces two drunken-driv­ing charges.

STEVE HELBER

Red­skins de­fen­sive end Jonathan Allen (left) and nose tackle Ziggy Hood mix it up Mon­day dur­ing prac­tice at train­ing camp in Rich­mond, Va.

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