ALAMEDA – The Raiders placed cornerback D.J. Hayden on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday, two weeks after Hayden suffered a groin injury at practice.
The injury turned out to be a sports hernia, which necessitated surgery to repair the damage. That was performed Tuesday.
Hayden was the Raiders first-round selection in this year’s NFL draft. He intercepted one pass, recorded 28 tackles and broke up two passes in eight games, though he failed to make much of an impact as the nickel back.
“He had some times where he played really well, and some times where he looked like a rookie out there,” coach Dennis Allen said. “But for where he’s at, for the things that he’s had to go through, I was pleased with his progress.”
Hayden missed considerable time during the offseason and training camp as a result of a surgery to remove scar tissue from his abdomen in late May.
He also was slowed by his recovery from a surgery a little more than a year ago to repair a ruptured artery that he suffered in a practice while at the University of Houston.
General manager Reggie McKenzie selected Hayden at No. 12 – he said the Raiders would have picked Hayden at No. 3 if they hadn’t been able to trade down – though there were question marks about a player that suffered a near-fatal injury and hadn’t played football in almost six months.
Hayden missed the past two games, and he hasn’t been available for comment since he injured his groin.
Coach Dennis Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said repeatedly this season that they remain confident in Hayden’s ability to develop into a dependable player.
Now Hayden won’t get another chance to show what he can do until next season.
On the bright side, Allen said, Hayden won’t face the same kind of obstacles he encountered this season.
“It will be a great thing for him to have a full offseason where he can work out, get himself in shape, get bigger, get stronger and get ready for next year,” Allen said.
By Jerry McDonald
The rookie season of first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden is over.
The Raiders placed Hayden on the injured reserve list Wednesday, meaning he will miss the last six games of the season.
Hayden, who has missed the last two games with a groin injury, was the 12th pick overall by general manager Reggie McKenzie but gained little traction in his rookie season following surgery to remove scar tissue from his abdomen in late May.
He finished his rookie season with one interception and played primarily as a nickel back in eight games.
Heading into the Raiders game against the New York Giants, Hayden missed practice with a groin injury and has been unavailable for comment. Before the injury, Hayden celebrated the one-year anniversary of his survival from a torn vena cava, a vein leading to his heart, in a practice at the University of Houston.
A controversial draft pick because of the injury, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Hayden would have been the club’s choice at No. 3, a selection the Raiders originally held before the traded back to No. 12 to gain an additional pick.
The Raiders also announced that Miles Burris, a 15-game starter as a rookie last season, had been put on the 53-man roster. Burris had knee surgery last January that wasn’t believed to be serious but spent the entire offseason rehabbing and did not practice until three weeks ago.
Room was created on the roster Tuesday with the release of linebacker Martez Wilson.
The Raiders also brought defensive lineman Brian Sanford back to the 53 man roster _ he’s been waived in each of the last three weeks and then brought back _ and added defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin to the practice squad.
— As the Raiders began practice in a downpour, Matt McGloin was taking reps with the first team offense.
Coach Dennis Allen will speak with the media after practice but the Raiders are not scheduled to have a quarterback speak in a formal setting, an indication that the coach won’t have a definitive announcement on the starter Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.