DJ Hayden, Oakland Raiders cornerback, is going to miss some games at the beginning of the 2014 season due to a foot injury. Hayden has been plagued with injuries ever since he was drafted last year as the first round pick by the Raiders.
As reported on Tuesday, Hayden will start the season with the Raiders listed on the PUP list or as physically unable to perform. It is expected that the Silver and Black will be without Hayden’s services for at least six weeks.
Ever since his rookie season in 2013, Hayden has only played eight games for the Silver and Black. So far, for the 2014 season, Hayden is expected miss up to six games with this foot injury.
DJ Hayden was the first round pick in 2013 for the Oakland Raiders. Many questioned general manager Reggie McKenzie’s call to draft a cornerback that was recovering from a major injury for the 1st pick.
See, Hayden had suffered a ruptured artery in his chest during practice while practicing in college. The injury he sustained mostly leads to fatality, but Hayden survived the surgery. It took Hayden months to heal, and, at the same time, he was still considered as one of the best corners in college.
Well, the Raiders drafted him and when the 2013 season started, Hayden could not play the first five games of that season in order to remove scar tissue that had built up in his chest from his life-saving surgery.
Now, Hayden has a fracture in his foot that he got from early stages of camp. With the news that Hayden will miss at least six games of this season, it is somewhat proving that McKenzie took a gamble with a recovering cornerback back in 2013 and is not working out. For the sake of the Raiders, it would be nice to see DJ Hayden prove skeptics wrong and make McKenzie look like he knows what he is doing.