Hayden eager to make Raiders debut; other practice notes

NAPA – Cornerback D.J. Hayden is a tad concerned about how he’s going to look when he makes his Raiders debut against the Chicago Bears.

That’s understandable, given Hayden hasn’t played in a game since he suffered a torn artery and almost died last November.

Yet, that’s not what Hayden is worried about. It’s the extra “flap” Raiders trainers and doctors are making him wear that has him a bit self-conscious in advance of Friday’s game at the Coliseum.

“It just makes me look fat a little bit … ,” Hayden said Sunday after completing his first practice in which he was permitted contact in more than nine months. “I want to look good out there. I can’t be looking chubby. It makes me look like I got like a little beer belly or something.”

Hayden can laugh about such things now. There was nothing but long faces when Hayden tore the inferior vena cava during a collision with a teammate at practice last November.

He underwent surgery to repair the kind of damage from an injury that proves fatal in 95 percent of the time, according to Walter Lowe, the University of Houston team physician.

The artery carries blood from the lower half of the body back to the heart.

In late May, Hayden underwent a second surgery, this time to remove scar tissue in his abdominal region.

Naturally, the Raiders were fearful of rushing Hayden into action too soon, even though Hayden declared himself ready to go weeks ago.

Hayden spent the first three weeks or so of training camp wearing a red, non-contact jersey as a precautionary measure. Team trainers and doctors finally cleared Hayden for contact Friday..

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Hayden has some catching up to do, especially since Hayden missed some practice time with a hamstring injury and the team’s first two exhibition games.

To that end, Allen said he intends to take a look at Hayden, the Raiders first-round pick in the draft, against the Chicago Bears first-team offense, at least part of the time.

“It’s going to be good to get him in some game action this week, “ Allen said. “Physically, he looks just fine.”

Hayden said he’s fine with being thrown into the fire. He’s more concerned about not taking the experience for granted.

“I want the game to hurry up and come,” Hayden said, “but I want to enjoy that moment, playing in the game.”

Hayden’s mother intends to be at the game. Her son has some advice to deal with the nerves of seeing him play.

“You’ll be alright,” Hayden said he plans on telling her beforehand.

Fifteen years ago, defensive back Charles Woodson made his Raiders debut after being selected in the first round. Now, he’s the one eager to see what the new guy is capable of doing.

“I’m probably just like the coaches and the GM, you want to see him in a real game situation,” Woodson said. “I’m waiting for that.”

— Sunday marked the final practice of the season open to the media. From here on, media are permitted no more than 30 minutes’ access.

— Matt McGloin and Tyler Wilson didn’t receive any reps during practice. Presumptive starter Matt Flynn and backup Terrelle Pryor split the reps all day.

Allen said that’s by design because “we’re getting into regular-season mode.”

Also, the Raiders are preparing for their third exhibition game, when the starters tend to get their most extensive action.

— Flynn can’t blame the offensive line for his struggles at practice Sunday, as he could have for his uneven performance against the Saints.

During one three-play stretch, Flynn was intercepted by cornerback Mike Jenkins and linebacker Kaelin Burnett and then fumbled the snap. A short time later, Jenkins intercepted Flynn again.

On the bright side, Flynn ended practice with a well-thrown pass to wide receiver Rod Streater for a touchdown.

— Seventeen players missed all of practice today. Three others were limited, including running back Darren McFadden (shoulder). Allen said he doesn’t view McFadden’s injury as being serious.

— Tony Bergstrom and Lucas Nix played guard with the first-team offense Sunday. Incumbent starter Mike Brisiel remains unable to practice. Andre Gurode started at right guard against the Saints, but he worked with the second-team Sunday.

It’s all part of Allen’s plan to mix and match players for as long as he can in camp and exhibition games before he settles upon a starting five. Alex Barron was at left offensive tackle, just as he was against the Saints.


Steve Corkran

  • Myopinion

    I couldnt dvr, was really watching qbs,the two times it was on, but it seemed half the sacks were mental mistakes, we did have three guys in there first start with oline. And im thinking if healthy maybe watson can hold it down for a whileat lt?

  • The_Judge37

    CPT DAN Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    espn just reported Barron has no heart for football WTH?

    Damm, i thought he just didn’t have the hand placement, footwork and athleticism for football.

  • The_Judge37

    Aus is already back. Porter is due back next week. listed “day 2 day”


  • Plunketthead

    no heart

    Maybe that’s why his nickname is cake

  • Dakota

    A B-1 bomber based out of Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD just crashed in southeast Montana.

  • budweiser

    First time since Friday’s beat down that I’m able to get back on this blog. What an azz whipping they gave us.
    Matt Flynn played like a backup QB and Prior, took five steps back from his first game performance against the
    Cowboys, when he looked good, especially running the ball.

    Defense, what defense, they ran and played on us at will. Maybe it was just Drew Breez, he seems to walk on water when he’s in sink and rolling to the beat. (He shows how stupid the Chargers are. They watered Rivers over Drew and shzt on Eli Manning as well.)
    That’s the Spanos family for you. They probably have their sights on Los Angeles.)

    Well, Mr. Dennis Allen, what’s your next move? Barron isn’t going to cut it at Left Tackle. However, he will
    lead the league in penalties while he remains at that position.

    Mr. Allen, you need to pull something from deep down in your bag of tricks, we have sufferred year after
    year for the last ten. The bust Robert Gallery, what a sorry ass nobody, to the super bust Ja Marcus Russell, etc etc. When does it all end.

    I’m tired of increasing my beer comsumtion just to cope with these continued losses. Last year was
    beyond bad at 4-12. Anything less than (8) wins this
    year is bad, bad and bad.

    We can only go up from last week, so I’m confident that we’ll do better against Cutler and crew, the
    question is how much better.


  • Plunketthead

    Mannings arm is cake
    8-8 for the mules

  • The_Judge37

    Plunketthead Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 1:00 pm
    no heart

    Maybe that’s why his nickname is cake

    I don’t believe that report because Reggie only signs players who love the game and would play it for free. So it’s pretty impossible for Barron to just be a check casher.


    Judge espn said he had all the tools to be great but had no heart other than to pick up a pay check. Pretty harsh even for espn.


    Not that bspn has ever been wrong and there are several RAIDER Haters on there. Seems like they only hire ex donks.

  • Dakota

    Why is ESPN even talking about Barron? lol


    THey were discussing replacements for injured players.

  • inonewordraider

    CPT DAN Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 1:03 pm
    Judge espn said he had all the tools to be great but had no heart other than to pick up a pay check. Pretty harsh even for espn.
    he can have the heart of a mickey ward, if he plays like Friday it won’t matter

    we need an upgrade at lt and fast

  • The_Judge37

    Well apparently ESPN has never watched Barron play vs a 7th round rookie. Because Barron has been our camp allstar.

  • fingers

    Hope to see a little more outta Flynn & Pryor in the next game….
    Really haven’t seen anything to be impressed with so with either Flynn or Pryor….
    Not saying it wont happen, i just haven’t seen anything to be excited about..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Well apparently ESPN has never watched Barron play vs a 7th round rookie. Because Barron has been our camp allstar.



    hey now, Barron dominated all the Cowboys backups too!

  • http://WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    New post.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Hope to see a little more outta Flynn & Pryor in the next game….
    Really haven’t seen anything to be impressed with so with either Flynn or Pryor….
    Not saying it wont happen, i just haven’t seen anything to be excited about..



    you will. McGloin & Wilson aren’t even playing against the Bears this week. I’m guessing Flynn gets the entire 1st half and Pryor gets the entire 2nd half

    MF has looked better (stats wise, anyway) than Pryor during the first 2 preseason games.

    Pryor looked better than Flynn (eyeball test) against the Cowboys, but played like dog crap against the Saints – besides that beautiful pass to Butler that he dropped. the botched snap and “almost INT” that he was trying to throw away were ugly imo. the intentional grounding didn’t matter. he would have been sacked anyway. OL was garbage for both QB’s. ground attack didn’t exist. It’s Flynn’s job to lose. if Pryor kills it versus the Bears and MF stinks up the joint, it might start to get real interesting. If they are equal, advantage Flynn.

  • Bigmike34

    Raider Rockstar

    You didn’t think Flynn looked good in that drive at the end of the Half….with the 18 yard TD …

  • Bigmike34

    Raider Rockstar

    Here are the numbers for the Denver Game….How can you possibly put Pryor on the same Par with Flynn…

    Pryor is not even close….The Numbers PROVE that


    Flynn Comp 12/16 (75%) …124 Yards…QB rating..117.7
    Fryer……. 1/5 (20%)……9 Yards……………39.6

    Then there is FRYER the LONG PASSER THE BIG ARM…1.8 yards per Passing Attempt………….Flynn…….7.8

    ALSO NOTE Pryor’s long completion was 9 yards…Flynn’s TD pass was twice as long as that.

    PRYER the Great runner…4 rushes for 15 yards 3.8 per rush…

    Flynn 1 rush for 4 yards…4 yards per Rush

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