Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 27
Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times has the latest on Hayden:
S Tyvon Branch said it's wise for Raiders to wait until DJ Hayden is fully healed. He said he made things worse rushing back from his injury— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) August 27, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26
ESPN's Adam Schefter has the latest on Hayden:
Raiders are placing 2013 first-round pick, CB D.J. Hayden, on PUP due to foot injury that has kept him out of camp, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 26, 2014
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:
Allen said DJ Hayden “looked a lot better” on side with trainers today, team will push decision on PUP list designation until Sat. deadline— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) August 25, 2014
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:
On DJ Hayden: #Raiders’ll know this week if he’ll start the season on reserve/PUP. Seems headed that way, which the team seems fine with.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 19, 2014
Why would #Raiders be OK with Hayden starting on PUP? They want him healthy & comfortable before he really plays. Delays roster crunch at CB— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 19, 2014
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:
From #Raiders: QB Derek Carr (concussion, ribs) back at practice with extra rib padding. DJ Hayden works off to the side, trying to get back— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 18, 2014
Updates from Thursday, July 24
CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair provides an update on DJ Hayden's injury:
Hayden will miss a good portion of camp. DA estimated 4-8 week recovery, but more about individual.— Scott Bair (@BairCSN) July 24, 2014
Jerry Mcdonald of the Oakland Tribune has more details:
Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden had surgery for stress fracture in foot after minicamp. Will open on PUP. That was a month ago.— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) July 24, 2014
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Hayden disappointed, but not despondent. Still thinks he can help.— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) July 24, 2014
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:
Sources say #Raiders CB DJ Hayden is still not fully healthy from his OTA's foot injury & could end up on PUP— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) July 22, 2014
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."
How many regular-season games will Hayden play in 2014?
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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