Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden will not play in the team’s preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Friday.
According to Michael Wagaman of the Associated Press, Hayden suffered a pulled hamstring during the Raiders’ practice on Monday, However, the reason Hayden won’t play Friday is more related to his abdominal surgery this offseason to remove scar tissue from the surgery required to save his life last fall.
Hayden still has not been cleared for contact and has been practicing in a red “no-contact” jersey during training camp. Hayden tweaked his hamstring during practice Monday but was able to continue to work throughout the session. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said Hayden would not have played Friday regardless of any injury stemming from Monday’s practice.