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D.J. Hayden won’t play in Raiders preseason opener

D.J. Hayden AP

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.

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39 Responses to “D.J. Hayden won’t play in Raiders preseason opener”
  1. raiderssf says: Aug 6, 2013 12:24 AM

    O

  2. raiderssf says: Aug 6, 2013 12:27 AM

    This is not because he does not want to. He has been trying to get into the contact drills. He even tried to come out in the black jersey hoping the coaches would not catch on.

  3. breakroomboredom says: Aug 6, 2013 12:41 AM

    If you were rebuilding the Raiders, would you pick this kid in the 1st round?

    Great story with the injury and all, buy why not grab (insert name of player drafted #13+) instead?

    I’ll take Betty White with a Snickers over this kid right now…

  4. logicalvoicesmuzzle says: Aug 6, 2013 12:42 AM

    Great pick Al! Oh wait…

  5. bombayjon says: Aug 6, 2013 12:45 AM

    Bummer. I love this guys heart and determination. I liked the pick and think its gonna work it. But I must admit, I am a little worried about his ability to stay healthy.

  6. sc49ers says: Aug 6, 2013 12:58 AM

    Another wasted pick….

  7. poormanspoison says: Aug 6, 2013 1:03 AM

    I will ne on pins and needles waching this guy play…one bad not in the chest and we could see the first player die on the field….scary

  8. rundmc81 says: Aug 6, 2013 1:06 AM

    Tighten up DJ. Figuratively of course.

  9. albigverg says: Aug 6, 2013 1:28 AM

    Dj does not need to play in the first preseason game. He will be ready for the season opener and cover half the field for the next decade for the silver and black. Raidahs baby!! Que the haters that claim we are irrelevant yet post on our stories more than their own teams.

  10. milopalm says: Aug 6, 2013 1:34 AM

    In a related story the entire Raiders team also will not be ready. For week 1. Thru 17……

  11. Vir Publius says: Aug 6, 2013 2:14 AM

    Not like he’d be effective anyway…he’s a Raider.

  12. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 6, 2013 2:25 AM

    And nothing of value was lost.

  13. cantstanzi25 says: Aug 6, 2013 2:48 AM

    im hoping he can play in at least the last pre season game and take some reps he has missed alot of practice and has to be behind in schemes and assignments , that shouldnt take that long to understand it as offense would but still he needs the reps..tell you what though im glad Reggie McKenzie signed some veteren DBs like Woodson and Porter just in case …i am thinking the Raiders can surprise alot of people this season if they can get off to a good start and get some confidence going early…

  14. therealraider says: Aug 6, 2013 3:09 AM

    It’s expected .. General muscle strain will be a common occurrence as he gets back into playing shape.. It has been 9 months since he last played football.

  15. war71 says: Aug 6, 2013 5:37 AM

    I am really hoping that this is nothing, but I’m starting to think that Reg, might of made a mistake with his first, first round choice.

  16. torturedraiderfan says: Aug 6, 2013 6:17 AM

    I’m starting to get a little nervous about this guy. First round picks are supposed to contribute immediately. Now we have a first and second round pick that aren’t doing anything for us. Gotta keep my fingers crossed that this is only temporary.

  17. sports2four7 says: Aug 6, 2013 6:19 AM

    whickity whack!

  18. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: Aug 6, 2013 6:47 AM

    C’mon Raider haters bring on the dumb typical uninformed comments. Typical raiders and so on. Keep hatin bums. This kids gonna b fine don’t you worry. Big Reg knows what he’s doin.

  19. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 6, 2013 7:36 AM

    He has all the makings of a bust.

  20. tooz72 says: Aug 6, 2013 7:40 AM

    keep him out until he’s 100%..you’re talking about the kid’s life here

  21. xxsweepthelegxx says: Aug 6, 2013 8:40 AM

    Wish this guy would have fallen to the Pats….I think he is going to be a lock down corner for the Raiders as long as he stays healthy. Great draft pick IMO, best CB of the draft.

  22. biznessdecision says: Aug 6, 2013 8:56 AM

    Fine with me. He’s a corner, so missing one preseason game won’t set him back much.

  23. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 6, 2013 9:22 AM

    Bust

  24. honkeyt says: Aug 6, 2013 9:24 AM

    Haters are lacking in firepower on this topic. C’mon haters pump it up a littler better than this.

    Just on potential alone I would take him over any other corner in the AFC west right now, maybe except for Flowers in KC. And that is calling down the middle. That’s how it’s done, kids.

  25. oakfolk says: Aug 6, 2013 9:37 AM

    Wake me up when he’s not playing in preseason game 3…

  26. kerbyjr1 says: Aug 6, 2013 9:48 AM

    It’s hard to judge this pick and or 2 round pick this picks could help or break the raiders this season

  27. slick50ks says: Aug 6, 2013 9:58 AM

    It’s a nice lil story, but unfortunately this kid is going to end up being severely injured.

    I can’t believe he was picked so high with all the questions about health going forward. This really could be a matter of life or death.

  28. darkerdaze says: Aug 6, 2013 10:22 AM

    Bummed I won’t get to see him play at the O this Friday. As long as he’s ready for the season opener that’s all I care about….he’s already got the starting job, no need to get hurt in preseason.

  29. pillaging4fun says: Aug 6, 2013 11:09 AM

    There are reports that Reggie McKenzie “raised alot of eyebrows” when he selected D.J . Now I see why. This team has had bad pics the past 7 years, u would think they would have learn there lesson. My prediction for the Raiders this season is if they dont win at least 7 games Reggie and DA will be gone in JAN 14

  30. jdubkc says: Aug 6, 2013 12:16 PM

    LOL silly faider’s

  31. tooz72 says: Aug 6, 2013 12:38 PM

    jdubkc says:
    Aug 6, 2013 12:16 PM
    LOL silly faider’s

    and the queefs lost twice last year to the silly faiders..”KC winning nothing since 1970″

  32. returntoexcellence says: Aug 6, 2013 2:00 PM

    All you guys calling this kid a bust… since you can predict the future, can I go ahead and get next weeks winning Powerball numbers? Thanks, the family will really appreciate it

  33. radrntn says: Aug 6, 2013 2:18 PM

    love the hate.

  34. mjc6118 says: Aug 6, 2013 3:27 PM

    I hope he pans out but I hated the pick when it was made and I’m really starting to worry after this 2nd surgery and doctors not clearing him.

    Still don’t understand how a team with no D line trying to rebuild takes a finess corner in a draft class loaded with trench guys.

  35. jdubkc says: Aug 6, 2013 4:49 PM

    tooz72 says: Aug 6, 2013 12:38 PM

    jdubkc says:
    Aug 6, 2013 12:16 PM
    LOL silly faider’s

    and the queefs lost twice last year to the silly faiders..”KC winning nothing since 1970″

    _______
    The more you know
    The Chiefs lead the all time series 55-51-2

    Raiders will suck it up this year

  36. jdubkc says: Aug 6, 2013 4:50 PM

    The Chiefs are ahead in playoff match-ups with a record of 2-1

  37. jdubkc says: Aug 6, 2013 4:54 PM

    and please don’t bring up Super Bowls from 20+ years ago… You know it, Raiders are in decline.

  38. returntoexcellence says: Aug 6, 2013 5:31 PM

    jdubkc says:
    Aug 6, 2013 4:50 PM
    The Chiefs are ahead in playoff match-ups with a record of 2-1

    jdubkc says:
    Aug 6, 2013 4:54 PM
    and please don’t bring up Super Bowls from 20+ years ago… You know it, Raiders are in decline.
    _________________________________

    And yet, you bring up playoff match-ups from 20+ years ago…

  39. platinumraider32 says: Aug 6, 2013 9:02 PM

    He tweeks a hamstring and still finishes practice and he’s a bust? Dennis Allen, “He wasn’t going to play the 1st preseason game regardless of any injury”.

    Don’t quit your day jobs prognosticators!!!!

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