Raiders DJ Hayden status in doubt for remainder off-season

Levi Damien

Just when D.J. Hayden was optimistic about having a full off-season, deja vu strikes. In total we have seen Raiders second-year cornerback, D.J. Hayden at one practice this off-season. It was the first OTA in which he was fully healthy and the last time he was seen practicing with his teammates. At some point in the first week of OTA's, he went down with an ankle injury and has been in a walking boot ever since.

Last year, he attended the first OTA practice as well and then missed the rest of the off-season after having to  be rushed to the hospital to get scar tissue removed from his abdomen. He was available by the time training camp came around but spent most of it in a red non-contact jersey.

Now the third OTA's are underway and Hayden is still in his walking boot which means he will miss the entirety of the final two weeks of OTA's and it is very possible he will miss mandatory minicamp next week as well.

Dennis Allen was asked about Hayden's availability and his response was not optimistic.

"It's hard to tell," said Allen. "Initially I was hopeful of that. We're day by day with DJ. Hopefully we'll have him out here because he needs the work."

Hayden's absence from OTA's last year set him back in his development and his training camp status didn't help matter. He was a reserve corner, coming in the game in nickel situations, last season. He played in eight games before being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.

The injuries are piling up already and the severity and recovery time are becoming a concern for his long term durability.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Silver And Black Pride

You must be a member of Silver And Black Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Silver And Black Pride. You should read them.

Join Silver And Black Pride

You must be a member of Silver And Black Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Silver And Black Pride. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker