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D.J. Hayden | Defensive Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
College: Houston
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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. Aug 26 - 8:59 AM

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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.
Aug 19 - 12:02 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.
Aug 18 - 4:21 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 5 - 1:51 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.
Jul 24 - 3:57 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.
Jul 22 - 10:56 AM

The Contra Costa Times' Steve Corkran said second-year CB D.J. Hayden is out of his walking boot and expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said the ankle injury suffered during OTAs has put Hayden "behind," but he should be able to catch up in training camp. After a rookie season marred by injury and inconsistent play, Hayden needs to stay healthy to prove he was worthy of the No. 12 overall pick.
Jul 5 - 11:15 AM

Raiders coach Dennis Allen concedes second-year CB D.J. Hayden (ankle) is "behind" after sitting out this week's minicamp.

"I don't think there's any way you can sugar coat that," Allen said. Allen did add he believes Hayden can overcome the missed time, but it's clear he's disappointed Hayden has been relegated to the sideline for an important part of the offseason program. Hayden remained in a walking boot this week, giving him a month to get healthy for training camp.
Jun 19 - 5:17 PM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (ankle) is sitting out this week's mandatory minicamp.

Coach Dennis Allen originally claimed Hayden's injury was minor, but admitted last week that he's questionable for the start of training camp. It's a most unwelcome development for a player who saw his rookie year wrecked by injury. Hayden was reportedly looking "bigger and stronger" before going down this offseason, but it will be hard to maintain that added bulk while he rehabs. The No. 12 pick of the 2013 draft will be on the spot whenever he finally returns to the practice field.
Jun 17 - 5:38 PM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (ankle) may be sidelined until training camp.

Coach Dennis Allen was noncommittal on Hayden's availability for the start of camp, and the sophomore corner is in a walking boot. Hayden missed eight games due to injury as a rookie. He was largely ineffective whenever on the field.
Jun 9 - 4:07 PM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (ankle) remains in a walking boot.

Coach Dennis Allen claimed Hayden's injury was "minor" last week, but he's now looking shaky for minicamp. It's not a concern for Hayden's 2014 status, but it's a definite setback for a player who was trying to shake the ghosts of his rookie campaign. Hayden missed the majority of the Raiders' 2013 offseason program as he recovered from abdominal surgery related to a heart ailment. His rookie season ended in November when he was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. Hayden has much to prove in 2014.
Jun 9 - 2:07 PM

Raiders CB D.J. Hayden missed Monday's practice with a right ankle injury, and was spotted in a walking boot.

He suffered the injury last week. Coach Dennis Allen claimed the ailment is minor, but it's notable nonetheless for a player who saw his rookie year marred by injury. "Bigger and stronger" than he was last season, Hayden has been getting talked up by the Raiders' coaching staff and media all offseason. He can't afford to miss much practice time as he attempts to shake his rough rookie campaign.
Jun 2 - 3:59 PM

The Contra Costa Times reports second-year Raiders CB D.J. Hayden looks "bigger and stronger" than he did as a rookie.

"He’s light years ahead of where he was at this point last year," coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday. "Not just from a physical standpoint, but really from a mental standpoint, too. He realizes now that everything’s going to be fine, he’s going to be OK, and now he can really focus on getting better as a football player." Hayden had a rough rookie year as he returned from a freak college heart injury, but is an obvious candidate to take a step forward for a Raiders team that saw fit to use the No. 12 overall pick on him last year.
May 27 - 7:18 PM

Raiders DC Jason Tarver is expecting a breakout season from second-year CB D.J. Hayden.

The No. 12 overall pick of last year's draft, Hayden was overwhelmed after getting a late start on his rookie season. "He's honing his technique, he looks explosive and he's put on weight and strength," Tarver said. "And he's really focusing in on learning the little things in the defense so that he can play faster and be more aggressive on certain types of routes." This is undoubtedly part wishful thinking on Tarver's part, but being healthy could make all the difference for Hayden in his sophomore season.
May 15 - 1:20 PM

Raiders 2013 first-round CB D.J. Hayden "hit the weights hard this winter and spring" after getting frequently out-muscled as a rookie.

In fairness to Hayden, he missed a ton of time last year after undergoing a followup procedure on his chest, stemming from a college heart problem. Still, his most memorable rookie moment came as Riley Cooper flamed the Raiders, and Hayden in particular, for 139 yards and three scores in Week 9. Coach Dennis Allen is reportedly "confident" Hayden will have a "breakout season."
May 4 - 1:19 PM

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