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D.J. Hayden out rest of OTAs with abdominal injury

D.J. Hayden AP

The Raiders were convinced cornerback D.J. Hayden had a clean bill of health when they drafted him 12th overall.

Now, they may have another problem to worry about.

According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Hayden is out for the rest of OTAs with an abdominal injury. Allen wouldn’t get into specifics of Hayden’s condition, but said he’s currently in the hospital, after the injury cropped up last week.

Allen also said Hayden’s expected to return from training camp, which is good news.

Considering the near-fatal heart injury he suffered in college, there’s always going to be breath-holding when Hayden’s name comes up. The hope is that this is unrelated, and not serious.

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35 Responses to “D.J. Hayden out rest of OTAs with abdominal injury”
  1. raiders007 says: May 28, 2013 3:23 PM

    Best wishes to a speedy recovery

  2. allidoiswin55 says: May 28, 2013 3:24 PM

    I never understood this guy. He was good, not great in college, then a life threatening situation and it always felt like media propaganda to get him drafted so high.

    How do you not kill it, almost all die playing football, and not play for an entire year then get drafted that high. I would have been mad if my team chose him. Hes an good guy, deserves a fair shot, but he clearly benefited from the love story the media portrayed.

  3. doomsdaydefensetx says: May 28, 2013 3:26 PM

    Hope this kid is ok.

  4. goraidersgospurs says: May 28, 2013 3:27 PM

    Come on now!!!

  5. socalraider909 says: May 28, 2013 3:27 PM

    *sighs* great just great

  6. citynative says: May 28, 2013 3:27 PM

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Niners empire will always own the Bay.

  7. Norseman says: May 28, 2013 3:32 PM

    Bust

  8. csdaddy7777 says: May 28, 2013 3:32 PM

    Hey what can we do now. Our team picked him. We can only hope this injury is simply a result of not playing for so long and that it’s no indication of being injury prone. Speedy recovery we need you DJ

  9. footballalldayeveryday says: May 28, 2013 3:33 PM

    Raiders have the worst luck!

  10. Steeley McBeam says: May 28, 2013 3:34 PM

    Yikes – scary and unfortuante. Would be an amazing coincidence if an unrelated abdominal injury popped up without contact and sent him to the hospital… Still, hopefully thats all it is, a coincidence.

  11. rubicon202 says: May 28, 2013 3:36 PM

    We’ll be fine!

  12. raidergreg2000 says: May 28, 2013 3:36 PM

    @citynative…. Niners empire=bahahahaha. Lame fans, stupid logo, terrible uniforms

  13. 8to80texansblog says: May 28, 2013 3:40 PM

    Man I hope this kid is ok and can play this year. I thought this was such an outstanding story.

    I hope he already signed his deal but I doubt it…

  14. redpillmindstate says: May 28, 2013 3:43 PM

    allidoiswin55…What is there to understand?…He’s a football player …. First of all if you had any REAL knowledge about him you would’ve known this guy was grading out no less than 95 according to a few well circulated publications and a couple of draft guru’s prior to the injury and combined with his height and speed thats FIRST ROUND talent … don’t dog guys and not have a inkling of evidence outside of your opinion and distaste at a few fluff pieces that nearly every draft eligible guy with a compelling story are bound to get every year around draft time… I understand hesitation about drafting him hell If I was a Raider’s fan I too would be a little pissed on risking a #1 on guy with an injury that has no history of happening outside of car accidents but I hope he lives up to his billing and doesn’t end up being another in a long list of terrible draft picks by the Nation

  15. 808raiderinparadise says: May 28, 2013 3:45 PM

    allidoiswin55 says:
    May 28, 2013 3:24 PM
    I never understood this guy. He was good, not great in college, then a life threatening situation and it always felt like media propaganda to get him drafted so high.

    How do you not kill it, almost all die playing football, and not play for an entire year then get drafted that high. I would have been mad if my team chose him. Hes an good guy, deserves a fair shot, but he clearly benefited from the love story the media portrayed.

    ——-

    Get what your trying to say … but

    #1. He didn’t sit out a whole year it was end 1/2 year

    #2. Scouts worked him out, many had him slotted as better than Milliner

    #3. Long-term investment, OAK could IR him this year let…Porter, Jenkins, Adams, etc… compete for contracts next season.

  16. slugdub says: May 28, 2013 3:51 PM

    citynative says:
    May 28, 2013 3:27 PM
    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Niners empire will always own the Bay.

    LOL! didn’t your team just lose the superbowl?

  17. firewolf777 says: May 28, 2013 3:59 PM

    I’m actually starting to feel bad for the raiders

  18. hehateme2 says: May 28, 2013 4:08 PM

    The Raiders= where Halloween is a year long pursuit.

  19. csdaddy7777 says: May 28, 2013 4:10 PM

    Whose your team firewolf

  20. demolition510 says: May 28, 2013 4:11 PM

    Procedure to remove scar tissue

  21. jetstizzi85 says: May 28, 2013 4:13 PM

    “Do the Raiders even do background checks on their players?” – opps wait I thought I was talking to the NY Jets…..

  22. mtdwest816 says: May 28, 2013 4:17 PM

    Completely over blown situation. It was an operation to remove scar tissue from his heart surgery. Nothing serious, won’t impact him playing, simply sitting out until his stitches heal up.

  23. thesteelers says: May 28, 2013 4:22 PM

    Another bust for the Raiders. God favors the Steelers.

  24. Norseman says: May 28, 2013 4:31 PM

    He hasn’t even taken a real NFL hit yet, and already injury problems. Bust.

  25. Norseman says: May 28, 2013 4:35 PM

    BTW, thanks to the Raiders organization for taking Hayden so the Vikings could land Xavier Rhodes later in the 1st round. Your generosity is much appreciated.

  26. nathpz says: May 28, 2013 4:42 PM

    allidoiswin55 says: May 28, 2013 3:24 PM

    I never understood this guy. He was good, not great in college, then a life threatening situation and it always felt like media propaganda to get him drafted so high.

    How do you not kill it, almost all die playing football, and not play for an entire year then get drafted that high. I would have been mad if my team chose him. Hes an good guy, deserves a fair shot, but he clearly benefited from the love story the media portrayed.

    _____

    You’re kidding, right? You think NFL teams listen to MEDIA HYPE when drafting a player? These are professional executives with tremendous resources and their JOBS on the line!

    Most of the media reports of Hayden’s stock rising were BECAUSE some teams showed strong interest in him, not the other way around. You have your cause and effect 100% backwards.

  27. liquidmuse says: May 28, 2013 5:03 PM

    Seriously…some bodies are not meant for football. God bless D.J., but this was easily one of the worst draft picks ever (so far). Dunno how a guy with a knee injury (which we’ve figured out) drops 5 rounds, but a guy who strangely almost dies in a routine football play (and hasn’t played since!) is almost drafted 3rd overall. Wow, Reggie.

  28. tdk24 says: May 28, 2013 5:18 PM

    After what he went through, he probably needs to hit the weight room and get those abs back in shape.

  29. dougydougdoug says: May 28, 2013 5:39 PM

    Not to disparage the kid, but only the Raiders would draft someone with such a one-sided risk. I figured they were three or four years from maybe (big maybe) being competitive in a bad AFC West. But now that their top draft pick is looking as fragile as you would expect, I’m going to push my prediction back to a good six or eight years, before the “nation” fanatics can cheer for a winning season.

  30. radrntn says: May 28, 2013 5:43 PM

    citynative says:
    May 28, 2013 3:27 PM
    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Niners empire will always own the Bay.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    I did not know that San Jose had a bay?

  31. shovelhunter says: May 28, 2013 6:20 PM

    Just another raider gamble that their going to get burnt on. Palmer cost them two high picks and now they blew this one also. Should have just gave it to the bengals instead of the second they coughed up in this years draft sat back watched MIKE BROWN draft and learn.

  32. raidershine says: May 28, 2013 6:37 PM

    Hayden had surgery to clear out scar tissue

    Updating an earlier item, Raiders CB D.J. Hayden was admitted to the hospital late last week for an abdominal procedure to have scar tissue removed.
    Hayden remains in the local hospital following the surgery. Although there has been no update on his condition or expected release date, both head coach Dennis Allen and GM Reggie McKenzie are confident the rookie will be ready for training camp. LA Times’ Sam Farmer reports Hayden’s Doctor who performed the heart surgery says it’s his understanding that this is not related to the heart issue. However, it’s important to note he did not perform the abdominal procedure and is just going off the information he’s received.

  33. mullman76 says: May 28, 2013 6:58 PM

    Keep taking jabs silly haters, but don’t whine when the Raiders start slapping your beloved teams around.

    Big Reg has the ship righted and on the proper course.

    I’m looking forward to the Raiders dominating the division and conference for years to come.

    It’s going to be glorious.

  34. rolltide510 says: May 28, 2013 7:23 PM

    I’m a Raiders fan, and think allidoiswin55 has salient points. I’m assuming Hayden might be the best fit for the particular defensive system the Raiders are running but I’m not convinced he was the best DB option available to a team with needs everywhere.

    And if the team claims they knew all along he would need additional procedures causing him to miss OTA’s then I straight up don’t believe them.

  35. securb2013 says: May 28, 2013 7:45 PM

    Terrelle Pryor tried to carry him off the field but dropped Hayden after running 5 yards.

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