Oakland Raiders’ fans held their breath today when news let out that first-round pick D.J. Hayden was hospitalized.
The Raiders’ rookie corner is now out of the hospital, and is now resting. The team has already reported that Hayden will not participate in any on-field practices until training camp in July.
When news let out today that Hayden was having surgery, Raider Nation probably went into mass panic. However, it appears it was surgery to remove scarred tissue from the abdominal region of his torso.
Hayden was selected 12th overall in last month’s NFL Draft after the Raiders traded down from the third overall pick to get the proper value for Hayden.
Any surgery for Hayden will be scary ever since he had that terrible accident back at the end of 2012. After a rough collision in practice for Houston, Hayden had to get heart surgery that was life threatening. Fans had the right to be nervous today because you would hate to lose your first pick before he even plays a down.
Hayden is part of an interesting corner back group this upcoming season for the Raiders, and he will be trying to beat out the following players for the starting slot: Mike Jenkins, Tracy Porter, Joselio Hanson, Chimdi Chekwa and possibly running back Taiwan Jones (who might be converted to a defensive position in the Raiders’ secondary).
Assuming Hayden will be ready by training camp, Raiders fans will have their fingers crossed for his health.