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Raiders place CB Hayden on season-ending injured reserve — UPDATED

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.

EARLIER VERSION

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.

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  • Ron Heckert

    Well…at least we got the camp arm right…ha.

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    Beat the Titans!

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    major breaking news way to go Jerry.
    tough news, good news, recurring news.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Hahahaa… this draft pick gets more and more stupid..

  • VanHeathen30

    Romo called for shutting DJ down on the post game show after the Philly debacle…funny how it all worked out.
    Hoping DJ comes back healthy next year, can’t be whiffing on 1st rounders…
    McGloin all the way!

  • Raideraholic

    Well at least we got value for Hayden

  • aig-raiders

    Say hello to the QB we’ve been waiting for….This is almost Kurt Warner esque.

    “I trust (Rivera) a lot in his decision-making and his route-running,” McGloin said. “I knew he was going to be there and he was. … I was itching to throw it out there, but sometimes you just have to wait another half-second.”

  • RaidingTexas

    If McGloin turns out to be a legit starter, it will make up for any whiffs. A quarterback is everything in this league.

  • Jim Jesus

    Hello

  • J Hill

    Good call on 14.

  • RediaR

    He’s under contract for more than one season. We’ll be alright.

  • willy91137

    this organization needs a little sunshine we haven’t had any in about 12 years we keep recycling quarterbacks let’s hope that we finally found one

  • JOn Wooah

    I like DJ.. but man the Raiders didnt need him. Philip Adams has been holding it down and i said give him a chance last season. He is only 25 yrs old.

    Could have a playmaker like Tavon Austin.

    Could u imagine STAR LOUTELEI and LamAR houston anchoring this DLINE for the next 5 years at least??

    tough

  • J Hill

    Believe it or not, I’d like to see some more check downs from 14.

  • aig-raiders

    thanks bro. How’s golf game? try the Long Tom Cobra. Your playing partner will be wishing he had that club in the bag.

  • The_Judge37

    So he never recovered from the 1st degree burns in that Philly game?

  • NewEra S&B

    D.J. Hayden is getting the treatment that is well needed. Giving him time to think about his game, watch tape, figure out where he went wrong, and find the inner strength to come back better with more confidence. A first round pick has everything to prove and all the staff has been doing is letting him show in the games if he is worthy of that pick, and by then it’s too late. Too much pressure came with that label.

    Look at Marcus Cooper, and Nickell Robey, even Tyrann Mathieu.. Undrafted, barely drafted and released, a third rounder that got no love. And they’re outshining DJ in every aspect of the game.. It was wrong of Reggie to take him so high. I think Hayden could be a star in this league.. Just don’t agree he could have been a factor this year given the circumstances.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Cant forecast a groin injury.

  • JOn Wooah

    Btw I think they are giving Dj the rest of the year off like a Redshirt year. Its a smart move.. Get him right.

  • The_Judge37

    Having that Philly game be the last game of the year for him can’t be a good thing. Wanted to see how he responded to that.

  • J Hill

    3 year old and 8 year old get in the way of golf these days.

    Completely fell off.

    MIGHT play once a month.

  • aig-raiders

    Passed on Star Lotu. Will never forgive RM for that one. Big guys are hard to find.

  • aig-raiders

    lol. Same here. another one coming next month. Think I’m done for awhile.

  • Morilla_00

    I bet you they are going to have to go in and remove more scar tissue.

  • Jim Jesus

    Watched him at Utah for a couple years he is who I really really wanted. No one asked me though LOL

  • willy91137

    Would have could have should have school still out on Hayden this time next year he may be the hottest thing since sliced bread

  • 24

    Well he’s not Charles Woodson…that is clear!

  • RaidingTexas

    He may be, but it’s definitely a big bump in the development road. He clearly needed more experience out there against NFL WRs.

  • NewEra S&B

    Not only big.. but fast. Quick off the ball. Dominate the man in front. Allow his presence to take on a double team and open up the blitz.. We practically handed Carolina the last piece of their top defense. I don’t understand it.

  • J Hill

    I’m going to stick with Dell and Young B’s pre season scouting from camp and say D J will be fine.

    The guy had several good games in a row. QBs weren’t even throwing at him.

    He was right there on the plays in the Eagles games and we all know the safety should have been over the top in that ZONE coverage.

    The catch Jackson made was just ridiculous.

    The kid is injured, not shelved. You don’t take away a rookies reps after 1 bad game, lol.

    6 games of real reps “shelved”????

    I guess we’ll see Pryor “shelved” too?

  • HELLSBELLS

    Hindsight is 20/20

  • 24

    It could also be that Hayden isn’t needed right now because we have good corners already. We have guys coming back like Burris and Veldheer and they’re more important at the moment. So…IR the injured guy and make room for the healthy guys. It could be that simple.

  • RediaR

    Sure they did. They didn’t draft him for 2013 only. They have two castoff vets on one year deals. Adams isn’t known for consistency or staying healthy. They had one of the worst secondaries ever last season. A CB who showed all of the necessary NFL CB skills in college was exactly the type of player that fit our needs.

    Tavon Austin was an okay prospect. Still much rather have Hayden.

    Star has been the best of the first rounders this season. He would have been a great pick. There are reasons he ended up dropping so far and I think Reggie shared the same concerns that every team not in Carolina had.

  • Raider Al from Atlanta, Ga

    I agree 100%. Good post.

  • NewEra S&B

    Hayden was an experiment. As was/is (?) Terrele Pryor. And this defense chock full of 1 year contracts.. RM loves his experiments, but you don’t take one in the first round.

  • RediaR

    I bet you that is complete BS.

  • 24

    I bet you love your kids but…you poor guys haha

  • Morilla_00

    Sometimes multiple procedures are needed to remove scar tissue. It could have come up again.

  • RediaR

    No he wasn’t. What is the experiment? “Lets see if we can draft a CB that showed high level NFL skills in every type of coverage as a college CB.”

  • HELLSBELLS

    How is it an experiment? He played CB is college. Not like they tried to make a WR into a quaterback or vice versa.

  • 24

    Shoulda, coulda, woulda. We can say that every year…I’m still mad about not picking Calvin Johnson.

  • 24

    You are very defensive about DJ Hayden. It’s ok bro! We’re all rooting for the guy to but we’re also disappointed and Morilla is right…another surgery for scar tissue is not uncommon and with a short season, it’s best for him to do it now.

  • turf toe

    It was ridiculous for Reggie to pass up Star for this guy. Huge risk, but Reggie rolled the dice anyway on a smaller athlete with a zipper down his chest.

  • NewEra S&B

    BEFORE his life threatening injury? The experiment was “Lets see if he still has those abilities”. And that risk obviously didn’t pan out.

  • 24

    Hayden was not an experiment and neither was Pryor. Experiments are more in the 6th, 7th and undrafted range.

  • turf toe

    Still scratching my head at that one.

  • RediaR

    I just find it annoying that everyone is so jaded by the last decade that they jump on the bust train before the tracks are even laid.

  • RediaR

    Good thing players never get better after their rookie season.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    LOTS of corners look cruddy their rookie years. Nnamdi was awful for his first two. And it’s not like Dee Milliner has been lighting it up either.

  • 24

    Sure but you can’t fix that or work so hard to convince others because once a person has an opinion on the matter, they’re likely to stick with that. I was all for the pick, it’s a bummer he’s done for the year but he has the next couple of years to figure it out and maybe he will, maybe he won’t? That’s the gamble of drafting. It took about 3 years for Asomugha…you just never know.