Raiders expect D.J. Hayden back before end of preseason

AP

Since drafting D.J. Hayden in the first round of the 2013 draft, the Raiders have gotten used to waiting for him to return from surgery.

Right now, they are waiting for Hayden to return from the foot surgery he had to repair a stress fracture before the start of camp. At the time of the operation, it was expected that Hayden would be out for 6-8 weeks as he recovered and it has now been about six weeks since the surgery. Raiders coach Dennis Allen says that Hayden isn’t ready to return yet, but that the expectation is that he will be back before the preseason comes to a close.

“I expect to see him before preseason [ends],” Allen said, via ESPN.com, “but we’ll have to wait and see. He is getting better, but he is not ready to be out here playing football yet.”

Obviously the Raiders would like to get Hayden as much work as they possibly can after his rookie season started and ended late because of injuries, but they may have a tough call to make if he isn’t clearly ready to play in a couple of weeks. Activating him from the active PUP list eliminates the possibility of putting him on the reserve variety in the regular season, which would mean that any setback would leave them with an injured player taking up a roster spot or a longer time out of the lineup after placing him on injured reserve.

24 responses to “Raiders expect D.J. Hayden back before end of preseason

  1. No question this is a tough kid and you have to root for him, but…..a struggling team like the Raiders really have to think twice about spending a high draft pick on a guy with his injury history. Falcons recently parted with with Perea Jerry, a former 1st round pick with an injury history when drafted; but Falcon fans will still get to watch Clay Matthews (drafted just behind him) for many more years with Green Bay.

    If these guys are dramatically better than anyone else available, you take a chance even with the injury history; otherwise you should pass, even if you “fail” to address a need. You’re better off with a guy who gets on the field…..

  2. He is going to rebound and be one of the best CB’s in the NFL.

    Stress fracture in foot has nothing to do with his past history and is an anomaly.

    He will be fine and looked much stronger entering camp this year.

    He will be great.

  3. IF Hayden is the best to start then that is fine. But I’m hoping that the Raiders don’t force-feed Hayden and Watson into starting line-up just so that McKenzie can try to prove that his 2 first 2013 draft picks weren’t the mistakes they appear to be.

  4. somethingsmellsrotten says: Aug 5, 2014 5:51 PM

    And there are the top posters on all things Raider: dumbolt and dick50. You two really need to stop living to bash the Raiders and get a life.

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    also don’t forget about dalcow4. Of course with an owner like Jerry Jones he has to hang around another team’s board to forget what a joke his own team is.

  5. Typical Raiders bust. When was the last time they had a first round pick make the Pro Bowl? Anyone?

  6. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 5, 2014 7:12 PM

    Typical Raiders bust. When was the last time they had a first round pick make the Pro Bowl? Anyone?
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    The Pro Bowl is a measure of success. For fans of teams that have nothing else to brag about, anyway.

  7. I wish him the best! But as a Raiders supporter, Reggie reached on this one. DJ should have been a low risk-high reward pick, based on the board in 2013, that would have been 3-4th round. Remember, the kid missed a lot of football after the heart issue, which in turn will increase the likelyhood of other injuries.

  8. raiderapologist says:
    Aug 5, 2014 8:03 PM
    pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 5, 2014 7:12 PM

    Typical Raiders bust. When was the last time they had a first round pick make the Pro Bowl? Anyone?
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    The Pro Bowl is a measure of success. For fans of teams that have nothing else to brag about, anyway.

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    So, you have less than nothing?

  9. @somethingsmellsrotten says:
    “And there are the top posters on all things Raider: dumbolt and dick50. You two really need to stop living to bash the Raiders and get a life.”

    @araidersfan says:
    “also don’t forget about dalcow4. Of course with an owner like Jerry Jones he has to hang around another team’s board to forget what a joke his own team is”

    Where’s a Packer fan when you need one? These guys need some cheese with their whine.

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