Raiders’ D.J. Hayden was hospitalized but should be ready for the start of training camp
D.J. Hayden of the Oakland Raiders had a near death experience last season as a senior at the University of Houston. Hayden had a collision resulting in a torn vein in his chest. Hayden recovered though and eventually would become the 12th overall pick in the NFL Draft last April. The speedy cornerback was able to participate in rookie minicamp this past month before experiencing stomach pain. In fact, Hayden tweeted that his stomach hurt before being admitted into the hospital for surgery to remove scar tissue from his abdomen.
Via USA Today:
The surgery was performed late last week. Hayden, who is projected to start at cornerback, will miss the rest of offseason workouts but is expected to be ready for training camp in July, coach Dennis Allen announced Tuesday.
Hayden suffered a near-fatal injury in practice last season as a senior at the University of Houston when a collision resulted in a torn vein in his chest.
Allen, in his press conference following Tuesday’s voluntary practice, said the team “couldn’t rule it out” any relation with the scar tissue issue to the chest injury from last year. Hayden has a scar spanning the length of his torso from the emergency surgery to repair the ruptured vein.
“Right now, I don’t know exactly what the correlation is to it. But we don’t anticipate it being an issue,” Allen said.
He also participated in part of the full-squad practices last week before he was sidelined, and ultimately hospitalized, with stomach pain.
Now Hayden’s return to the field has been delayed even further.
“It’s obviously not a good thing, from a football standpoint,” Allen said. “As a rookie, you need all the reps you can get and all the work you can get.”