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Hayden still sidelined, his return uncertain

Cornerback DJ Hayden missed another practice Monday, and it’s conceivable that his right ankle injury won’t be healed well enough for him to return until training camp starts.
“It’s hard to tell,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “Initially I was hopeful of (quick return). Hopefully we’ll have him out here, because he needs the work.”
Hayden missed most of last season’s offseason workouts while he recovered from a surgery late in his final collegiate season and a follow-up surgery in late May.
He also wasn’t permitted to participate in contact drills in the early days of training camp. A groin injury limited Hayden to eight regular-season games.
Hayden, Oakland’s 2013 first-round draft pick, appeared well on his way to competing for a starting spot before he hurt his ankle in a practice late last month.
He even joked about how excited he was about making it through the first organized team activity without any setbacks and limitations.
Now he’s limited to watching from the sidelines as his teammates gear up for the start of training camp in late July.
The Raiders lost both their starting cornerbacks from last season – Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter — to free agency. They signed veterans Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown as potential replacements.
Ideally, the Raiders want Brown and Hayden as the starters, with Rogers playing inside against slot receivers in the nickel package.
As Allen said, Hayden needs plenty of on-field work to fulfill his part of the equation.
Fortunately for the Raiders and Hayden, there’s still enough time for Hayden to earn a starting job.
Other Raiders unable to practice at full strength Monday were wide receiver James Jones (hamstring) and backup guard Lucas Nix.
Defensive end Justin Tuck, linebacker Kevin Burnett and defensive lineman Anthony Smith did not attend practice.

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  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    How can I be1st? Somebody else told me there was a new post.

  • R8erEduc8er

    There’s a newer new post.

  • dB

    DJ I’m trying to root for you and all, but….damn, dude…your body is telling you no…

  • J Hill

    “As Allen said, Hayden needs plenty of on-field work to fulfill his part of the equation.”

    LOL

    Allen didn’t say that.

  • Dakota

    New Post.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    So what? Ima stay here.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    1) How many OTAs left? 2) When does training camp start?

  • marks hair

    This is why I haven’t stopped asking for another cb..

  • Guest

    Plunkethead.. you asked med which team I cheered for this world cup (besides USA)..

    1 Uruguay, 2 Germany, 3 Spain, 4 Belgium, 5 Netherlands, 6 Chile, 7 Colombia, 8 Nigeria and 9 Ecuador..

    I want attacking football all these teams play the kind of ball I like…