Papa says Gareon Conley’s health struggles are related to vitamin D deficiency

Raiders cornerback is stuck on injury report for 2nd time in as many seasons

Karl Buscheck
July 31, 2018 - 9:28 am

Gareon Conley once again finds himself on the sidelines as the Raiders roll through training camp. After a rookie season derailed by shin problems, officially terms splints, Conley is down with a hip strain.

Greg Papa, former voice of the club, joined “Joe, Lo & Dibs” on Tuesday and explained that one of the underlying issues for Conley, expected to miss a couple of weeks, is vitamin D deficiency.

“Gareon Conley suffers from vitamin D deficiency, which, I don’t know, I think he’s had it his entire life,” Papa said on 95.7 The Game. “It’s just kind of a nutrition thing. A lot of guys are not properly nourished when they’re younger and his bone marrow, which strengthens bones, is not as strong.

Per WebMD, vitamin D deficiency can cause bone pain and muscle weakness.

“Kevin Durant had that as well when he was younger,” Papa continued. “And because of the vitamin D deficiency he heals from injuries slower than other athletes. And I think that was part of the frustration last year once he got dinged up in the shin area in mini camp and he just could not heal.”

Conley excelled in Week 2 against the Jets, but then was a ghost in Washington a week later and didn’t appear again. Before his most recent malady, Conley has impressed during the offseason program.

“If it’s only a couple of weeks, it’s fine,” Papa said. “Hopefully they have elevated his levels of vitamin D in his body in a calendar year.

“It look a long time to build it up. You just can’t take vitamin D supplements in one day and it’s cured. You’ve got to do it over an extended period of time. And hopefully he’s got those levels up to an acceptable level where his body will heal more like average, or average levels, but we’ll see.”

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