DJ Hayden of the Oakland Raiders will miss training camp for the second consecutive time with a foot injury that will require surgery. The cornerback who was the 1st round pick in 2013 for the Raiders was put on the physically unable to perform list.
It was reported on Thursday morning that coach Dennis Allen might have downplayed the foot injury earlier this year when Hayden was seen with a walking boot. Allen had called the injury an ankle sprain at the time.
The injury turned out to be a fracture that will require surgery to completely heal. It is believed that Hayden will miss most of the month of August. This will keep Hayden from playing several pre-season games.
The original injury occurred in late May when DJ Hayden rolled his ankle. The MRI taken at the time showed no complications, but one was taken at the end of June when Hayden’s injury kept lingering. The second MRI showed the fracture, and the decision to go through surgery was made weeks later.
Hayden had missed his first year of training in 2013 after having to go through a minor chest surgery in which scar tissue had to be removed. The scar tissue inside his chest was a build up from a surgery done a year prior.
While playing with the University of Houston in 2012, Hayden collided with a teammate during practice and rupture an artery in his chest. The young cornerback was immediately taken for surgery to avoid fatality.
Many questioned general manager Reggie McKenzie for drafting a recovering college player
with the first draft pick in 2013. Despite the injury, Hayden was ranked as the best cornerback available at the time. So far, Hayden has been nursing injuries which has costed him out of both training camps for two years consecutively.
Again, DJ Hayden is expected to be back in after possibly missing four weeks according to a new statement by coach Dennis Allen. Last time Allen spoke of Hayden, the injury was not a big deal and the young cornerback was to set for training camp. Things did not turn out the way Allen wanted for Hayden. In any case, good and speedy recovery to Hayden and just win baby!