First-round draft pick Hayden back on the field


NAPA — First-round draft pick D.J. Hayden still has a ways to go before he can turn it loose all the way. However, he is well enough to be on the field and taking part in every activity at the Raiders training camp.
Hayden was on the non-football-injury list Thursday as a precaution until the Raiders got a chance to gauge Hayden’s progress from a surgery in May. He came off the NFI list after he passed a physical and participated in the Raiders first practice here Friday.
“Yeah, I was active, participating in all the drills, got a couple reps in,” Hayden said. “I feel good.”
He might feel well, but the Raiders aren’t taking any chances with a player that underwent a surgery two months ago to remove scar tissue in his abdominal region, which built up as a result of a surgery last November to repair a ruptured vein.
Therefore, Hayden wore a red, no-contact jersey, just as quarterbacks, kickers and punters do during practice. Coach Dennis Allen said Hayden isn’t limited physically. It’s just prudent to ease Hayden back into things after going without contact for eight months or so.
“When you draft a guy like that, that has the talent that he has and we expect him to be able to help our football team, we want to make sure we’re smart and do the right things in bringing him along, let him get acclimated,” Allen said.
Hayden said he feels as if he’s ready to go full tilt. Yet, he’s going to follow orders until team doctors/trainers give him the green light to crank it up.
Once that happens, Hayden can put that behind him and get about the business of validating the Raiders selection of him with the 12th pick of the NFL draft in April.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Hayden said. “I can’t wait to get that first contact in. Then I can feel relief.”


Steve Corkran

  • eastoaklandraider

    All the dumbasses who said Hayden wouldnt play this season should be banned from the blog for awhile. Talk about knee jerk.

  • SnBG

    Sir RaiderDuck, OMS Says:
    July 26th, 2013 at 3:03 pm
    SnBG Says:
    July 26th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I’d rather have a great catching TE that can block ok than a blocking TE that can catch OK. The great TEs catch the ball. That’s where the money is.


    Ausberry’s not a great catching TE. He hasn’t even been shown to be a good one. Gordon can at least block well.
    Never said Aus was a great TE, just that he will start. Gordon is a backup TE at best.

  • Eastoaklandraider Says:
    July 26th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    All the dumbasses who said Hayden wouldnt play this season should be banned from the blog for awhile. Talk about knee jerk.
    Those Cross-Posters are cowards.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Duck you can’t say that about Auz, he’s looked good in very limited action

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  • DutchRaider77

    24 Says:
    July 26th, 2013 at 3:03 pm
    Mychal Rivera’s Sister


    Not saying it is post of the year…but pretty damn close. Keep up the solid work!

  • SnBG

    Flex Aus and Rivera out and D will have a hard time defending them.

  • Beeeeeech Dawg N Full Effect

    As all you Goobers know, the Dawg is pretty sure he porked Naya Rivera a few years back

    He was chillin’ at James Beach, gettin’ high on wasted, and a few smokin’ ladies cruised in and started drinking Pina Coladas

    Soon they spotted the Dawg and started buying him Pina Coladas and caesar salads. A few minutes later, your boy was making out with all 3 of them (serious tongue action)

    One hizzy asked if I’d “Ever vacationed in the Mayan Riviera”, meaning, of course, go down and chow on her va-jay-jay

    Which the Dawg did until he passed out from the fumes


  • SnBG

    18 TEs caught more than 50 passes last year.

  • mcfadden20.

    Go Raiders

  • 89052RAIDER

    Pup list