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D.J. Hayden | Defensive Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
College: Houston
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Raiders CB D.J. Hayden's ankle was "heavily iced" and wrapped as he limped around the team facility on Monday.
Hayden's injury is in addition to SS Charles Woodson (shoulder) and FS Nate Allen's (ACL). The ankle ailment adds injury to insult after Hayden was rinsed in Sunday's beatdown by the Bengals, coughing up one of Tyler Eifert's touchdown passes and allowing 7-of-9 throws at him to be completed. Quite frankly, the Raiders might be better off if Hayden can't play moving forward. Sep 14 - 1:16 PM

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D.J. Hayden and Travis Carrie are the Raiders' starting cornerbacks.

The new coaching staff reportedly wanted the No. 12 overall pick of the 2013 draft to "prove" he was a starter, and he apparently did so in camp and the preseason. Plagued by injuries and ineffectiveness, Hayden has missed 14-of-32 games, and been limited to 10 starts. He wasn't particularly great in exhibition action. He'll be on the spot in September.
Sep 8 - 3:05 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson said the new coaching staff wants D.J. Hayden to "prove" he is a starting corner.

Hayden worked with the second team in minicamp behind 2014 fourth-round pick Keith McGill. Hayden has more natural talent than McGill, but he is still raw entering his third season and has not been able to consistently stay on the field. The Raiders' coaches would undoubtedly like Hayden to step up to the challenge and seize a starting job, but it is not a foregone conclusion.
Jul 11 - 9:27 AM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden worked primarily with the second-team defense in minicamp.

2014 fourth-round pick Keith McGill worked with the first team ahead of Hayden. Hayden played just 18 games in his first two seasons as he battled a litany of injuries, but his demotion this offseason has nothing to do with health. Perhaps the Raiders' new coaching staff is simply trying light a fire under the former No. 12 overall pick, but it appears there is a real chance Hayden opens the season on the bench.
Jun 27 - 10:40 AM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden strained his groin during Sunday's Week 10 loss to the Broncos.

Another week, more of the same for the oft-injured Hayden. This tweak isn't considered overly serious, but he's missed 15-of-25 games already since the Raiders surprisingly took him 12th overall in 2013. Raiders corners Carlos Rogers, TJ Carrie and Chimdi Chekwa are also banged up heading into a Week 11 game at San Diego.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (foot) played on kick coverage and limited defensive snaps in Sunday's loss at Cleveland.

Hayden ended up with six snaps at corner, mostly in the red zone. "We didn't want to just throw him out there and let him play a ton of plays," coach Tony Sparano said. "I felt he had two solid weeks of practice. We weaned him in a bit and little by little." Hayden, the No. 12 overall pick in 2013, played in just eight games last season due to a groin injury. He's draped in medical red flags.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 10:18:00 AM

Raiders activated CB D.J. Haden (foot) off the PUP list.

He is eligible to play against the Browns Week 8. Hayden missed all of training camp with a stress fracture in his foot. Coming off an injury-marred rookie campaign, the 2013 first-round pick needs to prove he can stay healthy down the stretch this season.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (foot, PUP) will begin practicing Wednesday.

It's the first time he's allowed to be on the field after spending the mandatory first six games sidelined while on reserve/PUP. Once Hayden steps foot on the practice field, it starts a 21-day clock for the Raiders to activate him. He's eligible to return to game action as early as Week 8. Hayden had a stress fracture.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 09:09:00 AM

The Raiders expect D.J. Hayden (foot, PUP) to resume practicing when first eligible next week.

"That’s the plan," interim coach Tony Sparano said Thursday. "In regards to his treatment and everything else has been going on, he’s done a tremendous job. We’ll see what the timetable is (for a return to game action) once we get him out there. We have a couple weeks to make a decision." Hayden is eligible to return to game action in Week 8.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 07:40:00 PM

Raiders placed CB D.J. Hayden (foot) on reserve/PUP.

Hayden will miss the first six games of the season and be eligible to return Week 8. He missed most of spring and all of training camp after undergoing surgery on his foot/ankle area. During his absence, the Raiders will roll with Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers as their starting corners. Chimdi Chekwa, Travis Carrie, and Neiko Thorpe will have to play bigger defensive roles.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 08:59:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders will know this week whether CB D.J. Hayden (foot) will open the season on reserve/PUP, and that it "seems headed that way" that he'll miss at least the first six games.

Per Rapoport, the Raiders are "fine" with Hayden beginning the year on PUP because they like their depth at cornerback. They simply want Hayden healthy before he plays so that he can stay on the field. The Raiders are expected to start Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers at corner in their base defense, with Rogers moving to the slot and Chimdi Chekwa checking in outside in sub-packages.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 12:02:00 PM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (foot, PUP) has been "showing some progress."

Hayden was spotted "moving laterally and doing some cutting" on the side in Monday's practice. Either way, he's shaping up as a long-shot for Week 1. Hayden is a candidate for reserve/PUP, which would cost him the first six games of the season.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 04:21:00 PM

Coach Dennis Allen said he expects CB D.J. Hayden (foot) back before the preseason is over.

Hayden is about six weeks removed from surgery to repair a stress fracture. He was initially given a 6-8 week timetable. The Raiders have always been overly optimistic regarding Hayden, so we'll take this with a grain of salt. If Hayden avoids reserve/PUP, it will be a victory. For now, Chimdi Chekwa is playing outside corner opposite Tarell Brown with Carlos Rogers in the slot.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 01:51:00 PM

Raiders placed CB D.J. Hayden (foot surgery) on the active/PUP list.

There is no timetable for his return. The Raiders initially claimed Hayden was recovering from an ankle injury when he was first spotted in a walking boot in early June, but it was actually a stress fracture. It's unclear when he went under the knife. It's a humongous blow for a player who was trying to move past an injury-ruined rookie campaign, and further grays the Raiders' defense. Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown are now the presumptive starters at corner. Hayden is only 24, but his NFL career is off to as poor a start as possible.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 03:57:00 PM

Sources have informed former NFL scout John Middlekauf that Raiders second-year CB D.J. Hayden (ankle) is still not healthy, and may open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Unreal. According to Middlekauf, even if Hayden doesn't end up on PUP, he's not expected to be a full participant in training camp, "similar to last season." Hayden was reportedly out of his walking boot earlier this month, but still can't seem to get his ankle right. Hayden battled a heart issue in college before undergoing abdominal surgery shortly after the Raiders drafted him with last year's No. 12 pick. He then played in eight games before landing on I.R. with a groin injury. The Raiders don't have much at corner behind Hayden, Carlos Rogers, and Tarell Brown. Fourth-round rookie Keith McGill would be the next man up.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:56:00 AM

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