DJ Hayden Injury: Updates on Raiders CB's Foot and Recovery

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DJ Hayden Injury: Updates on Raiders CB's Foot and Recovery
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Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 27

Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times has the latest on Hayden:

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26

ESPN's Adam Schefter has the latest on Hayden:

The Raiders later confirmed the news in a release on the team website.

 

Updates from Monday, Aug. 25

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle updated DJ Hayden's status:

 

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported on DJ Hayden's chances of starting the season on the PUP list or injured reserve:

Updates from Monday, Aug. 18

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com passed along DJ Hayden's status as he tries to return from a foot injury:

Updates from Thursday, July 24

CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair provides an update on DJ Hayden's injury:

Jerry Mcdonald of the Oakland Tribune has more details:

Original Text:

Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden missed eight games due to injury last season as a rookie. The 2014 NFL regular season is fast approaching and the talented defensive back may be in danger of missing even more time.      

According to John Middlekauff of the Bay Area's 95.7 The Game, Hayden continues to nurse a foot injury that could keep him out for part of the preseason and perhaps beyond:

Hayden's injury history is a long one. Per Ray Aspuria of the Times-Standard, Hayden entered the NFL on the heels of suffering through a dangerous heart ailment. The Raiders still made him the 12th-overall selection in the 2013 NFL draft, but he went on to suffer a season-ending groin injury in Week 9.

Despite his inability to stay healthy, Hayden entered OTAs with plenty of optimism after bulking up during the offseason, according to Aspuria

"It will definitely be beneficial—me being a little bigger, a little stronger—because we do have physical receivers in this league, and I think it will be good to be somewhat big," Hayden said. "I made it through one OTA. I'm definitely excited I made it through one."

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Unfortunately, the injury bug bit Hayden again as he rolled his foot in June and had to sport a walking boot, per NFL.com's Kevin Patra.

With the preseason closing in, Hayden now finds himself in a situation where he could be well behind everyone else due to this injury. He hasn't been able to do much over the past month, which really hurts his development as a young player.

Raiders veteran defensive back Charles Woodson knows how important this part of the offseason is in terms of preparing for the regular season. According to SiriusXM NFL Radio on Twitter, Woodson made it clear that Hayden is in a less-than-ideal situation:

There isn't much that Hayden can do about it if he is physically unable to perform, but it is disappointing considering how much talent Hayden possesses. He could be an elite corner if everything comes to together, but that won't happen if these injuries persist.

The Raiders are a potential sleeper team in 2014 with few giving them a chance to make any noise. They have a lot of good young players and Hayden is near the top of that list. If this injury turns into a long-term issue, though, Hayden may find it difficult to contribute in the early part of the season if at all.

 

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