DJ Hayden Injury: Updates on Raiders CB’s Foot and Recovery

Updates from Thursday, July 24

CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair provides an update on DJ Hayden's injury:

Jerry Mcdonald of the Oakland Tribune has more details:

Original Text:

Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden missed eight games due to injury last season as a rookie. The 2014 NFL regular season is fast approaching and the talented defensive back may be in danger of missing even more time.      

According to John Middlekauff of the Bay Area's 95.7 The Game, Hayden continues to nurse a foot injury that could keep him out for part of the preseason and perhaps beyond:

Hayden's injury history is a long one. Per Ray Aspuria of the Times-Standard, Hayden entered the NFL on the heels of suffering through a dangerous heart ailment. The Raiders still made him the 12th-overall selection in the 2013 NFL draft, but he went on to suffer a season-ending groin injury in Week 9.

Despite his inability to stay healthy, Hayden entered OTAs with plenty of optimism after bulking up during the offseason, according to Aspuria. 

"It will definitely be beneficial—me being a little bigger, a little stronger—because we do have physical receivers in this league, and I think it will be good to be somewhat big," Hayden said. "I made it through one OTA. I'm definitely excited I made it through one."

Unfortunately, the injury bug bit Hayden again as he rolled his foot in June and had to sport a walking boot, per's Kevin Patra.

With the preseason closing in, Hayden now finds himself in a situation where he could be well behind everyone else due to this injury. He hasn't been able to do much over the past month, which really hurts his development as a young player.

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