By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 11:08 am in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders signed cornerback D.J. Hayden to a long-term contract Thursday, one day before the team’s first training camp practice in Napa.
Hayden was the 10th and final Raiders 2013 draft pick to sign a contract. The Raiders now have everyone under contract and can get about the business of preparing for the regular season through practices at their away-from-home facility at the Napa Valley Marriott and Redwood Middle School.
The Raiders are undergoing physical examinations and taking part in meetings today in preparation for Friday’s 8:50 a.m. practice.
No word on whether Hayden will be cleared to practice Friday. He missed the tail end of offseason workouts after he underwent surgery to remove scar tissue in his abdomen region. The scar tissue built up as a result of a surgery Hayden underwent in November to repair a ruptured vein that he suffered during a practice at the University of Houston.
Coach Dennis Allen said he expected Hayden to be healed in time for the start of training camp. If Hayden needs more time, he likely will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list.