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Ankle injury puts D.J. Hayden in a walking boot


On Monday morning, we had a post featuring quotes from Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden saying that he’s feeling “a whole lot better” than he did during a rookie season that was marred by injuries.

Things looked a bit different by Monday afternoon. Hayden sat out the Raiders’ OTA session and wore a walking boot on his right foot and coach Dennis Allen said after practice that Hayden rolled his ankle last week.

“I don’t expect it to be anything serious,” Allen said, via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

One of the reasons why Allen and Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver have been talking Hayden up a lot this offseason is the expectation that a full offseason will make a big impact on a player who was sidelined by abdominal surgery last spring and limited to non-contact work for much of camp. If the ankle isn’t serious, that plan won’t be affected much, but Hayden will benefit from as much work as he can get this offseason.

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18 Responses to “Ankle injury puts D.J. Hayden in a walking boot”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Jun 2, 2014 4:22 PM

    SMH and I thought I had bad luck!!!

  2. goraidersgospurs says: Jun 2, 2014 4:23 PM

    Hopefully he does not become Run-Dmc JR!!!

  3. buddysguys says: Jun 2, 2014 4:23 PM

    say it with me now…..BUUSSSST.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 2, 2014 4:24 PM

    D.J. wearing “the boot”. Hope he isn’t superstitious.

  5. epensado says: Jun 2, 2014 4:34 PM

    It will be important for D.J. Hayden to focus on rehab, but also using this time to study his playbook.

  6. slick50ks says: Jun 2, 2014 4:41 PM

    It’s probably for the best. This kid is going to be seriously injured, possibly killed playing in this league. Fate is telling him something he should listen to.

  7. In Teddy We Trust says: Jun 2, 2014 4:48 PM

    Percy Harvin thinks this guy is injury prone.

  8. 4thquartermagic says: Jun 2, 2014 5:13 PM

    I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about. You’ll be fine.

    -Run DMC

  9. petezjunior says: Jun 2, 2014 5:23 PM

    ESPN literally just published an editorial about how DJ Hayden was ready for 2014… Sad story, hope for the best.

  10. humb0lt says: Jun 2, 2014 5:29 PM

    Another top 12 pick wasted by the Raiders. They must hold some sort of record.

  11. pigskinjunkie66 says: Jun 2, 2014 5:35 PM

    Routing for the kid to prove me wrong but so far looks like another terrible Raider draft pick.

  12. raiderapologist says: Jun 2, 2014 6:38 PM

    slick50ks says: Jun 2, 2014 4:41 PM

    It’s probably for the best. This kid is going to be seriously injured, possibly killed playing in this league.
    Most players do get seriously injured playing in this league. A repeat of his near-fatal injury isn’t likely.

  13. elgranclavero says: Jun 2, 2014 6:54 PM

    He is not physically built for the NFL..He is fragile and soft..Everyone knows this..thats why when he is healthy is news..Hey DJ made it through practice without getting hurt..DJ hurt AGAIN

  14. nomoreseasontix says: Jun 2, 2014 7:35 PM

    Injury prone.
    If he doesn’t pan out this year, cut your losses and walk away.
    Don’t keep waiting for the breakout.

  15. Raider Jon says: Jun 2, 2014 9:29 PM

    SMH. Do they make bubble wrap in silver and black so DJ and DMC can play in this league.

  16. babygaga19 says: Jun 3, 2014 4:04 PM

    Yet another first round BUST!

    Only in Jokeland.

  17. wayneflores says: Jun 3, 2014 4:16 PM

    This is what happens when you draft from an ER room.
    But that’s McKenzie mentality, an IR all star team. Wasted pick and roster spot.

  18. simonator917 says: Jun 3, 2014 4:58 PM

    It could’ve been worse. They could have taken DJ with the third overall pick instead of picking up a second round pick by trading back with Miami. They then drafted another perpetually injured player in Menelik Watson.

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