Raiders notes: Hayden sidelined with groin strain


Rookie cornerback DJ Hayden missed practice Thursday with a groin strain and is no lock to play for the Raiders against the New York Giants.

Allen said Hayden was injured during Wednesday’s practice but he didn’t find out about until after he was done talking with the media.

“We’ll have to evaluate him and see how he’s doing and see how quickly that thing responds,’’ Allen said.

The Raiders play the Giants Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Hayden said Wednesday he was looking forward to getting back on the field after giving up three passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns in coverage in a 49-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Raiders’ nickel cornerback, Hayden plays on the outside with Tracy Porter moving into the slot when opponents use three receivers. The Giants have three wide receiver sets featuring Hakeen Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.

If Hayden can’t play, Phillip Adams will be the nickel corner. Adams has two interceptions for the Raiders last season when pressed into action because of injuries.

“We’ve got all the confidence in the world in P.A.,’’ Allen said. “When he came in last year and had an opportunity to play, he played real well. That’ bee an easy transition for us.’’

— Running back Rashad Jennings is uninterested in re-living his first 100-yard game since 2010 given the end result.

Jennings subbed for Darren McFadden in the second quarter and had positive yardage on each of his 15 carries, finishing with 102 yards. He’ll likely be the feature back against the Giants as McFadden missed his second day of practice with a hamstring strain.

“It felt like it was supposed to,’’ Jennings said. “Like I always tell you guys _ you’re called to duty, you go make plays. Regardless of that, the outcome was we lost. (We) didn’t do enough. However you slice it or dice it, we go out there to play games to win.’’

Jennings has remained consistent with that theme since he arrived at training camp. He repeated it during a community outing Tuesday to students.

“One thing I left them was, when I was in high school, I always kept a quote, `When opportunity presents itself, it’s too late to prepare for it,’ ‘’ Jennings said. “So every day, be prepared to be that guy.’’
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor said“We saw Rashad make a lot of guys miss and run over a lot of guys,’’ Jennings said. “We’er definitely going to miss Darren because he may miss the game, but I have a lot of trust in Jennings and I believe he can get the job done.’’

Jennings has been a mainstay on special teams, blocking a pair of punts as well as recovering an onside kick to seal the win over Pittsburgh.

— Getting the ball Marcel Reece has been a weekly topic, with everyone from general manager Reggie McKenzie to Allen to offensive coordinator Greg Olson at one time or another conceding their Pro Bowl fullback has been underutilized.

Through eight games, Pryor 13 carries for 57 yards and 12 receptions for 108 yards _ 25 touches for 165 yards and one touchdown.

Last season, Reece had 59 carries for 271yards and 52 receptions for 496 yards on 16 games. _ more than double the work load on a per game basis.

Pryor said part of the reason is opponents are guarding Reece with a cornerback.

“A corner on Marcel, not to say he can’t do it, but it’s very tough,’’ Pryor said. “Marcel is a great match-up versus a linebaqcker or a safety and we’re not really getting a lot of those looks.’’

— Aside from Hayden and McFadden, those who didn’t practice Thursday were wide receiver Juron Criner (shoulder), safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), linebacker Kaluka Maiava (ribs), tackle Matt McCants (toe), and tackle Tony Pashos (hip).

Sebastian Janikowski (ribs) was limited, got in some kicking and will play. Guard-center Andre Gurode (knee) was limited and Allen isn’t sure if he’ll reclaim his left guard spot from Lucas Nix.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • R8erEduc8er


  • Just Fire Baby

    First draft pick in 2011, O-ineman.
    First draft pickin 2012, O-lineman.
    2nd draft pick in 2013, O-lineman.
    We have invested more draft assets in O-line than any other position on the team.

  • SR Raider

    First round pick in 2014 = WR, QB or DE

  • Charlie


    2012 Watson Thank God.
    2011 second rounder in Wiz thank God.
    2012 compenstory 3rd round (=4th round) Come on.

    Prior to that it was Gallery and Grove in 2004 with picks in rounds 1-2.

    Are you kidding me?????

    We need five NFL starters. By my count we have three right now if we give Watson the benefit of the doubt.

    Both lines need help.

    As I said earlier:
    Chiefs draft Poe, we counter with Nix. Not a winning formula for us.
    Ravens draft a Ngata. We counter with Gurode. Not a winning formula for us.
    Patriots draft Solder. we counter with Walker. Not a winning formula for us.

  • Just Fire Baby

    100% agree

  • SnBG

    2011,,,,,,Wiz….great pick and shows what happens when you pick right high in the draft.
    2012,,,,,,,,,Bergs very late pick, still may or may not work out but not a top draft pick. Need to go higher on those picks.
    2013,,,,,,,,,, fairly high pick Watson. shows a lot of promise.
    I think the point to draft Olineman high is proven to be a good strategy here.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Agreed. But our o-line healthy and a FA pass rusher can instantly make both lines dominant. We need to invest our early round draft picks in our skill positions like all other teams do for young qbs (Matt Ryan – Julio Jones, Stafford – C Johnson, etc.)

  • Just Fire Baby

    NO NFL team has 5 O-lineman that they drafted in round 1 or 2 like you say.
    And compensatory 3rd round pick is a 3rd round pick. Are you going to call the last pick of the 2nd round a 3rd round pick?

  • Charlie

    He did. We got picked up.
    The only thing I do not like is our three manrush.
    Very ineffective. See my post above.

  • Raideraholic

    new post mofo’s

  • SnBG

    Odds are better when you draft O lineman between the 1rst and 3rd rounds. If Pryor works out we could draft a pass rusher in the first and a O lineman,G, in the second

  • the douche dan garcia

    They also had us picking sharif Floyd.

  • 10centsworth

    Several on here have called you a confidence man. Perfect for the role of Mayor. A show of hands, please.

  • SnBG

    Charlie, I’m thinking Gabe Jackson if we can get him in the second. What do you think?

  • R8erEduc8er

    Most def

  • SnBG

    True but the Niners have 2 first rnd Olineman.

  • SnBG

    QB or pass rusher in the 1rst.
    G in the 2nd.
    Maybe TE or CB in the 3rd.
    Maybe CB in the 4th
    ILB in the 5th.
    DT in the 7th
    OT in the 7th via AZ.
    FA WR.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Switch pass rusher to FA (M Johnson, M Bennett) and WR in 1st round and I’m witcha.

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    If Ponder get let go, I think he’d make a great 2nd string QB.