As reported on Sunday, first-round pick Hayden is back at practice with no limitations. This will be Hayden’s full contact practice since last November when he suffered his near-fatal accident.
Hayden ruptured an artery in his chest last year that almost took his life while practicing with his college, University of Houston.
Earlier this year, he had to get some scar tissues removed from the previous surgery, which made many suspicious of the Raiders possibly making a mistake for picking a player with difficulties as a first round pick.
It’s a good thing that DJ Hayden is back since the Raiders lost other cornerback Tracy Porter for a week due to an injury he sustained last week against the New Orleans Saints.
Additionally, the Raiders’ defense did not look so well against Drew Brees and his offense in New Orleans last Friday. Brees drove all five times with the Raiders failing to stop him every time.
Sure the Raiders made a comeback in the second half, but it was against the Saints 2nd and 3rd stringers. However, the Raiders that put Oakland back in the game were mostly 3rd stringers and showed some good performances.
Again, DJ Hayden’s availability is good news for the Silver-and-Black, as the team will get to see its number one pick in action.