By Steve Corkran
Sunday, August 18th, 2013 at 11:17 am in Oakland Raiders.
Beat writer Jerry McDonald has the day off. Therefore, I will cover practice today from Napa. Among the many things we expect to see today is: the first full contact practice for cornerback D.J. Hayden since he suffered a torn vein last November.
Hayden nearly died as a result of a freak collision with a teammate during practice at the University of Houston a little more than nine months ago. He has not participated in a contact drill of any kind since that injury.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Saturday night that Hayden is cleared for practice and is ready to go full tilt today. We’re about to find out.
We’ll share Hayden’s thoughts on his first practice without wearing a red, non-contact jersey and what his teammates think of Hayden’s progress toward making an impact on the Raiders defense.
Also, follow me on Twitter and Tout — @corkonthenfl — for instant updates from the practice field, through videos, pictures and words.