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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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  • RaiderRo

    2 arguments there…1. They want Schaub to win games to keep his job or….
    2. They want Carr to come in and look good since a “franchise” QB can help him keep his job.
    I’m sure the Banana Republic dictator is fine with either one.

  • Guest123

    Nope. The exact opposite of what you just said. Reggie pushed all his chips on ghost watching Schaub

  • RaiderRo

    That arrogant dik better have put some time in to learn how to hold kicks.

  • Guest123

    Woodson to DJ:

    Scar tissue across your abdomen? That’s cosmetic right?

  • nolimits33

    Who drafts a tiny cornerback with injury issues in the first round?

  • RaidingTexas

    Hey RR, you around? Mavs just got substantially younger:

    Rashard Lewis CUT (34 years old)
    SIGNED Al-Farouq Aminu (23 years old)

    Enough with the geezer talk!!!

  • FourMoreYears

    We may not make the playoffs, but when you turn on your TV on Sunday or take your seat in the stadium you’re going to see an real life honest-to-God NFL football team wearing the Silver and Black. That’s a big step up from the previous two seasons.

    Optimism abounds, and the dude abides.

  • RaidingTexas

    NFL Network Classics re-runs play on Sundays now?

  • Guest123

    Well, at least we look like an NFL team coming off the bus anyway.

  • FourMoreYears

    You’re going to think your watching a Classic game when you see Mack and Co. bringing the pain.

  • RaidingTexas

    I just want someone to re-break Manning’s neck. That’s all I ask.

  • FourMoreYears

    We really do. Mack, Jackson, McGill, Holmes…you look at those guys and you know right away you’re looking at an NFL player. We’ve been missing that for a few years now.

  • RaiderRo

    Any lottery numbers you have for me?

  • RaidingTexas

    You mean like Kelly and Seymour?

  • nolimits33

    That’s bad karma.

  • FourMoreYears

    F*ck that. I want him to be healthy and to see his stupid Manningface as he walks off the field after a loss. No excuses for the Donkeys, just a straight up azz whipping.

  • RaidingTexas

    It’s OK to hate on 1%ers.

  • Raider O

    Lmao

  • FourMoreYears

    We saw too much of Kelly. That azz crack haunts me.

  • nolimits33

    Never wish for someone to be injured.

  • RaidingTexas

    4-12-5-11-6-10

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Huh?

  • Elliot

    Finally someone who is optimistic it’s refreshing

  • AlDavisJr

    Absolutely! Scare the pee out of the donks in Denver and whup their sorry butts in the Black Hole!! Knock them out of the playoffs….I hope….

  • FourMoreYears

    4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42

  • PlunkforHOF

    Code fcking Black brother

  • RaidingTexas

    I never said I wanted him to live through it.

  • RaiderRo

    Great Thanks!

  • FourMoreYears

    Just stay away from planes for awhile.

  • RaiderRo

    Is that Matt Millen’s first 3 years as GM?

  • PlunkforHOF

    Funny ish… c’mon.

  • RaiderRo

    Oh snap!

  • AlDavisJr

    No schyt! If the fans don’t support the team and the players, why are they even calling themselves “fans?” We gotta push from our end of this thing!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Aren’t those the cursed numbers from Lost?

  • FourMoreYears

    You better buy a sippy cup for your beer this season. Otherwise it’s going everywhere as you jump up and down in excitement.

    BOOM Mack sacks Manning and the ball is loose! Recovered by the Raiders! He’s at the 10, the 5, TOUCHDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWNNNNNNN…RRRRRRAIDERS!

  • FourMoreYears

    Shh…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Hah!

  • 0ak R8rs

    Haha. I got a chill when I read that. Miss that show. Stupid American tv audience. Didn’t get it.

  • PlunkforHOF

    I’m drunk as shyte on Kool Aid right now. As I should be.

  • Elliot

    Love it! Let’s see this team fck up the jerks like Adam caplan calling this team garbage

  • FourMoreYears

    Drink some more! Imagine all the frantic backpedaling from all the wizards who said we were the worst team in the NFL.

  • Elliot

    Excellent point…all for it

  • RaidingTexas

    Nope. Future doomed Malaysian flight numbers.

  • FourMoreYears

    I think we can safely assume that’s all of them at this point.

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

    Ès Giants y Phillès ès good bèisbol contesto. Oakland ès be número #1 ès bèisbol.

  • RaidingTexas

    Went downhill after Kate begged Jack to operate on Ben in order to save Sawyer.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Not every storyline was great. But it had so many. Could have gone on for 10 years.

  • RaidingTexas

    Agree. There were things I liked, things I didn’t. Some extremely annoying characters in it. Michael Dawson screaming “Walllttterrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!” My gawd, someone fkn shoot him already!!

  • RaidingTexas

    Listen, the sarcasm is flying around out there, alright?

  • FourMoreYears

    We’ve got a hard schedule, but I don’t believe there is a single game on it that we cannot win. Denver has a soft, weak defense. Russell Wilson and Colon Krapernick can be neutralized. No more Tuck Rule to save Brady this time. Any given Sunday.