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Woodson: Hayden needs practice if he’s to make impact

The Raiders are counting upon second-year cornerback DJ Hayden to make a bigger contribution this season than he did last year, when abdominal and groin injuries limited Hayden’s practice and game time.
For that to happen, Hayden needs to be healed enough from the ankle injury he suffered in an offseason workout to the point he can practice, veteran defensive back Charles Woodson said Wednesday.
“The way you get better at this game is being out there on the field,” Woodson said. “There’s only so much being in the film room, or looking at the film or studying the plays, there’s only so far that’s going to take you.”
Coach Dennis Allen said late in the offseason that he expected Hayden to be back at full strength in time for the first training camp practice Friday. That remains to be seen.
Hayden wasn’t spotted during the players check-in period that the media was permitted to observe Wednesday. He also wasn’t available for comment.
Woodson, entering his 17th NFL season, missed some time early in his career as a result of turf-foe injuries. He speaks from experience when he talks about the importance of practice.
If Hayden misses significant practice time during training camp, Woodson said, it’s going to be a “big setback.” Hayden was limited during training camp last season as he recovered from a May surgery to remove scar tissue in his abdominal region.
“You need to be out on the field,” Woodson said, “and, along with that, other guys are going to be getting reps. If you’re not out there, proving what you can do, how do you ever get back into the lineup?
“That will be the test for him and hopefully it’s not nothing that’s going to hold him out the whole camp and he doesn’t have to worry about being on (physically unable to perform list) or anything like that, because he’s a guy we feel he can help us out around here. It has the potential to be a setback, but hopefully it’s not.”

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  • seymour bush

    First as usual

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Soon to be last.

  • aig-raiders

    Is CWood in some way calling out DJ’s toughness?

  • PlunkforHOF

    Happy 4:20 everyone. So how long before Gumby the Sociopath makes his promised return?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    So, Cork isn’t buying Bair’s secret sources about the ankle or foot issue, eh?

  • SnBG

    Here it is folks, step up to the Altar of SnBG’s optimistic way of thinking. You know you want to.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Bet that makes her mad

  • SnBG

    A little maybe but CWood is being a solid leader. Good to hear him talk like that.

  • Myopinion

    That pup thing is interesting. If they are to put him on pup, by when do they have to do it?

  • SnBG

    Step up Hayden. CWood will make a man outa you yet. Get it together playah

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    When I’ve been gone for a while, and search for my name I just have to enter purv(purview and purveyor don’t occur much here)
    Now, when Gumby does the same, and you know he does, he has to type ‘gumb’.
    Hah!

  • WILLY91137

    I hope so somebody needs

  • SaintKaufman

    Get a job hippie!

  • SnBG

    Obsessing about Mista aren’t you. Obsession is not a good thing.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I think it depends when they do it, as to when he can come back. One deadline may have just passed, unless it’s prior to the 1st actual practice.

  • http://batman-news.com accupolco gold aka elmo

    Romanos shickèn macaroni salada ès good. Ès no IHOP, but ès good.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Not at all. He’s a bright spot during slow times, which is making him less relevant as we speak.

  • WILLY91137

    If they put it on him now that he can come back at any time I think but if they wait till training camp starts then he’s got to set out I think six weeks

  • SnBG

    Dr Phil here, Purvis, sounds like obsessing to me.

  • WILLY91137

    They might have already done it

  • Myopinion

    I don’t really know. I’m sure jfb does. Maybe is before first practice. I was just hoping it already passed and the fact he wasn’t on there, was a good thing.

  • WILLY91137

    you the man

  • SaintKaufman

    By the by, they are currently charging ~$25 per gram for ‘legal’ marijuana in Washington right now. $25!!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I was responding to a post. You should talk to posters like Crawdaddy.

  • SnBG

    Frued here Dr. Phil. I muz concur.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    This is isn’t about toughness! You read what was said and you probably remember Cwood’s problems with turf toe. Think *that* was about “toughness”?
    He’s just saying what’s true, not questioning his toughness: it’s a setback when an inexperienced guy can’t learn his job on the field.

  • Dan78

    The Heartbreak Kid can learn a lot from 24…. Remove the Bubble Wrap 2014…..

  • MachoManRandySavage

    I dont care if Hayden plays, if DMC is hurt or if Mojo is short, if Mack, Tuck, Woodley, or Sio get sacks, if Schuab has a 90+ rating… All I care about is wins. Win any friggin way you can.

  • SnBG

    You mean you,,,,right.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Google>Wiki>I’m too lazy!

  • Rick Worth

    LoL!!

  • Myopinion

    Didn’t think of that. You might be right, and they just haven’t made it public.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Preseason PUP
    A player who, as a result of football-related injuries, is unable to take part in training camp practices may be assigned to the preseason PUP list. Players can be moved off the PUP list to the active roster at any time, even after one practice. A player cannot be placed on the PUP list, however, once he has taken the field for a practice, even if only for a few minutes.

    Regular-Season PUP
    A player who finishes the preseason still on the PUP list can then be placed on the regular-season PUP list. Such players must sit out the first six games their team plays. At that point, teams have a five-week window in which to allow the player to begin practicing; from the day the player begins practicing, teams have an additional 21-day window in which to decide whether to activate the player to the 53-man roster. If either of those deadlines pass, the player must remain on the PUP list for the remainder of the season

  • SnBG

    Lyle Llama here acu, Llama mac n cheese sounds better to me. Huh Purvis.

  • 909RaiderLifer

    Harumphh!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    It’s someone, ahem, ‘obseesed’ with me and my llamas.

  • SnBG

    Badabing!

  • Myopinion

    I looked, I thought you said you were too lazy. Thanks anyway though.
    So I guess it doesn’t really tell us much about his injury.

  • FourMoreYears

    DJ, you just got called out by a Hall of Fame cornerback. What are you going to do about it?

  • SnBG

    Hope it’s not to go to Disneyland.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    The ambiguous area is whether he must either report for practice tomorrow or go on PUP ‘cuz it doesn’t say the 1st practice, it says ‘once he has taken the field for a practice, even if only for a few minutes’. I imagine it’s either report for practice tomorrow or go on PUP.

  • Myopinion

    Was thinking the same thing. Not sure of the answer. It might be either way. I guess the benefit of doing it would be you could add another player to your 90?

  • FourMoreYears

    Do they have Disneyland in London?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    ‘I imagine it’s either report for practice tomorrow or go on PUP’.
    Probably part of the CBA.

  • 909RaiderLifer

    I believe they are in meetings/physicals etc. tommorow…Wont have to make the move until Fri. When the first practice is..
    Knowing how DA always thinks he’s pulling a fast one on us, I predict this is what will happen…DJ put on PUP on Friday…

  • BigBenRexor

    Yes, but I think they call it a Royale with Cheese

  • plunkhead

    He needs to sleep in a oxygen tent like TO did. Lisfranc didn’t stop Terrel

  • bigsnow81

    Rich Gannon autograph to complete my collection. I’m trying to get an autograph and jersey card of every Raider great.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’m thinking if he can’t practice, they have no choice and it doesn’t matter ’til Regular season. It matters for Hayden, of course.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    He’s just mad he came in last in that poll for insiders.