Oakland Raiders’ rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden will not play against the Houston Texans on Sunday, and might be gone for quite some time, according to CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair.
Hayden injured his groin in the Raiders’ 49-20 shellacking at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The rookie corner was torched for over 130 yards and two touchdowns in that game – that saw Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles tie an NFL record with 7 touchdown passes – and has been unable to return since.
“I brought him in and spoke with him this morning, and I know he’s disappointed,” Oakland head coach Dennis Allen said. “He wants to be out there playing. With the injury, he’s not able to do that. D.J. is going to be fine.
“I wouldn’t say it’s any worse than we thought it was,” Allen said. “It is an injury that it’s going to take some time to recover from.”
Hayden, of course, nearly died due to a heart condition last year and the 2013 12th overall pick has overcome the odds to play in the NFL.
One has to think going through something like that gives a player a unique perspective on injury and that Hayden will be doing what he can to get back.
But for now, Phillip Adams will take over Hayden’s duties.