40 Time Range: 4.40-4.45/No full workout, hamstring on 2nd 40
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Draft Scout D.J. Hayden News
07/26/14 - CB DJ Hayden is not ready to play.
Hayden, a first-round draft pick out of Houston in the 2013 draft, has battled physical issues since he was the 12th overall selection despite coming off major trauma surgery to repair a torn blood vessel leading to his heart following a practice collision.
Although ostensibly recovered from that life-threatening issue as well as a subsequent surgery to remove scar tissue that cost him his rookie training camp, the newest problem is a stress fracture in his right foot that required surgery. It left Hayden on the physically unable to perform list as camp opened at the Napa Valley Marriott.
"I wish I had a time frame, I really don't know what it's going to be," Allen said. "It's disappointing for him and for me because he's a guy we were counting on being able to step up and help us this year and he's a young player and he needs the reps."
Hayden rolled his ankle during the first organized team activity then spent the remainder of the offseason in a protective boot. According to Allen, an initial MRI revealed no damage. When Hayden continued to feel pain, a second MRI revealed the stress fracture.
Allen said a surgical procedure was performed at the end of the mandatory camp, which concluded June 19. He said there was no way to know how Hayden would respond, indicating recovery could take as long as eight weeks -- meaning he could conceivably miss the first three weeks of training camp and the entirety of the club's time in Napa.
Before the foot injury, Allen said Hayden was "light years" ahead of where he was at this point last year and the cornerback was enthused about being back on the field.
The hope was Hayden would get in plenty of practice reps and step in as a starting corner alongside free-agent acquisition Tarell Brown, with Carlos Rogers, another former San Francisco 49er, playing nickel corner.
With Hayden out, Rogers will play outside but slide inside in the nickel and give way to veteran
06/12/14 - CB DJ Hayden, whom the Raiders hoped would seize a starting cornerback job opposite Tarell Brown, missed his second week of OTAs with an ankle injury. He was still in a protective boot and Allen said he wasn't sure when Hayden would return.
"Initially, I was hopeful (of a quick return)," Allen said. "Again, we're day by day with DJ. Hopefully we can get him out here. He needs the work."
The longer Hayden stays out, the more likely it is that Carlos Rogers would start along with Brown as he did with the 49ers. When Rogers moves to nickel corner, rookie Keith McGill gets a chance to overtake Hayden.
06/01/14 - CB DJ Hayden, who came out of his first OTA practice a year ago not feeling well, only to end up the hospital to have scar tissue removed from his abdomen, was pleased to meet one of his first goals of 2014.
"I made it through one OTA," Hayden said. "I'm definitely excited I made it through one OTA."
Hayden recovered from that surgery after missing most of training camp. He played in eight games before being shelved by a groin injury, eventually going on injured reserve and having sports hernia surgery.
He concedes the OTA surgery played with his mind.
"Here were all my teammates out there working and I'm hooked up to IVs," Hayden said. "It might mess up anyone's head a little bit. But I'm way over that now and I'm just ready for the next season to start."
Allen said he sees a big difference in Hayden, who has worked on his upper body to better stand the rigors of tackling and playing against bigger receivers.
"I think he's light years ahead of where he was at this point last year," Allen said. "Not just from a physical standpoint, but really from a mental standpoint, too.
"I think 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."
11/18/13 - -- CB DJ Hayden did not travel with a groin injury and is not expected to available this week to face Tennessee.
11/14/13 - CB DJ Hayden did not practice with a groin injury and could miss significant time in the rehab process.