Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden had surgery for stress fracture, opens camp on PUP


Cornerback DJ Hayden had surgery to repair a stress fracture following the team’s mandatory minicamp and will open training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, coach Dennis Allen said Thursday.

The Raiders will open training camp with Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown working with the first team as starting cornerbacks. Rogers will slide inside in the nickel defense, with Chimdi Chekwa and rookie TJ Carrie playing corner.

Hayden hurt his right ankle during the first organized team activity in May, at which point Allen said he was “light years ahead’’ of the pace set as an injury-wracked rookie season.

Initial tests showed no problems, Allen said. However, when Hayden failed to show progress, a second MRI detected a stress fracture and Allen said a surgical procedure was done approximately a month ago.

“I wish I had a time frame, I really don’t know what it’s going to be,’’ Allen said. “It’s disappointing for him and for me because he’s a guy we were counting on being able to step up and help us this year and he’s a young player and he needs the reps.’’

Allen said he has seen players return from such procedures in as little as four weeks but sometimes as long as eight. In any event, there is a chance Hayden could not be available for any of the 13 training camp practices in Napa.

A rookie first-round pick out of Houston, Hayden missed much of his rookie training camp and workout time after surgery to remove scar tissue related to his trauma surgery in college. He was out after eight games last season and had sports hernia surgery.

Other players who will not be able to practice for the Raiders during their first workout Friday are tight end Nick Kasa (hip flexor), and guard Lucas Nix (knee). Safety Usama Young (quad) and cornerback Keith McGill (ankle) were injured during the team’s conditioning drill Thursday and may join those players on PUP.

Players who were injured away from the team while training included defensive tackle Stacy McGee (thumb) and defensive tackle C.J. Wilson (hamstring), who will open camp on the non-football injury list.

Outside linebacker Kevin Burnett, a starter last season, is expected


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Elliot

    Heart wrenching being a fan since 72 it is obscene that we have been in the gutter for this long

  • Lets show a healthy McFadden in pre-season then trade him to Seattle so we can get something for him.

  • Elliot

    Definitely not!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    OK, then Sixes and I are thinking of somebody else that showed up right about when you did with some king of NY handle. The 6’4, karate porsche thing and all that.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist


  • that’s good purv lol

  • DutchRaid

    Pryor for a 3rd round pick sounds fair!

  • They are showing all these teams in training camp on NFLN but not ours

  • Elliot

    Bro I am not sure where that came from..purely exaggeration based on me and silver blowing up our back and forth. .

  • Yeah I think there may have been e Manhattan raiders monikers

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    We’re not a real NFL team, dontcha know?

  • Well no reason to bring up old stuff we are moving onward

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Maybe if we signed Tim Tebow…

  • that was funny

  • GG

    We need a RNN

  • Elliot

    Yes indeed…I want to see how woodley smith and tuck affect the young guys especially tuck…he basically groomed Pierre paul. ..

  • Steve Corkran @CorkOnTheNFL · 1m
    Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck said everyone looks like all-stars right now, until the pads go on…

  • Walrushooker

    Just send duck and mista to the Middle East…. A couple pics and a disqus board, we’d have peace for centuries

  • Elliot

    We are nomads and non existent to NFL network

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    I’ll volunteer to be Anwar Sadat, minus the whole “getting assassinated” thing.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    It’s all or nothing. Let Gumby do it.

  • J Hill

    Not a chance.

    Carr already has the best arm on the team. He will certainly be fast tracked. I expect him to play damn near 3 qtrs in the 1st preseason game.

  • SnBG

    NFLNet is sooo biased that they don’t talk much about us and I’m at the point where I don’t watch them unless I know they will talk about the Raiders. Even then they don’t get it right because they are not homies.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I agree about his arm and accuracy. There are worries about how he handles pressure in real games. Until those concerns are resolved, are you putting all your eggs in one basket.

  • Myopinion

    So menelik has to battle tuck everyday. Can’t think of many better for him to learn from.

  • TrevJo

    Best arm means little, such an overrated attribute

  • 408RAIDER

    wheres the fix?

  • J Hill

    Arm talent is far from overrated.

  • Dan Walker

    Since this team will be so lousy per so many posters here, start Carr day 1, trade Schaub for a workable corner and hope for the best until next year.

  • rudegruden

    Have to admit that’s some funny shiznit.

  • RaidingTexas

    Mista already left if you’re looking for a meth fix.

  • Chino

    He’s not blabbing on about the giants anymore? Guess ill follow him again

  • That is funny but he is right where is our article a bout today’s practice?

  • Elliot

    The build up on Mack is not raider propoganda..I know this guy will be a beast…if he stays healthy he will be a force.
    Reminds me of the so called fixed lottery when the knicks got ewing..mack was not destined to be the 5th pick.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    has schaub thrown another….pick 6?

  • RaidO

    Steve Corkran @CorkOnTheNFL · 3h
    Matt Schaub intercepted by CB Neiko Thorpe.

  • yeah….in the film room

  • RaidO

    First practice and already throwing INT’s

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I guess Cork,, JMac, Levi, and Tafur are all working on masterpieces for our first practice.

  • r8dercain

    Lmao..h$ell no..throw away the season..
    Wouldn’t do that..why not just kick back an enjoy whats to come ahead. .
    I know I am..I been on this train since 1976
    Old enough to know in 80
    An been hooked ever since! !!
    Y’all need to just kick back..

    Watch this team end up

    Official prediction

  • 408RAIDER

    Been waiting all day. I’m not a fan of the new media restrictions.

  • PlunkforHOF

    New post bros

  • Howard Benner

    I think so. If you are going to make mistakes you might as well learn from them. . .

    Department of “this doesn’t come up very often, but we better make like elephants & endeavor to never forget about this one”.

  • TrevJo

    “best arm” to me means arm strength, which is different than arm talent. Arm strength is overrated.

  • TrevJo

    Do you doubt EJ’s slug-ness?

  • TrevJo

    Why can’t we have someone like that? Because the last time we spent an early pick on a WR it was DHB, a guy whose best college season in terms of receptions was 51 and whose best season for TDs was 5 (not the same season btw)

  • Roronoa Zoro

    Sí, él es probablemente alta – muy alta!