Raiders CB D.J. Hayden discharged from hospital following surgery
Hayden had been recovering at a local hospital after undergoing surgery last week to remove scar tissue in the abdominal region. The Raiders' first-round pick did not workout recently with the team after experiencing discomfort in the stomach during the Raiders’ first OTAs session last week. There had been some concerns if the recent surgery could be related to Hayden’s heart issue from last year, as the Raiders coach Dennis Allen said earlier he couldn’t rule out that the abdominal issue had any connection with the player’s fluke heart injury.
The 22-year-old Hayden had a brush with death last November when he was rushed into hospital last to repair a tear of the inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart, after a collision with a teammate during practice. Hayden did not hit the field for a long time after the surgery, but still saw his draft stock soar coming out of Houston and was picked up 12th overall by the Raiders last month, after being medically cleared prior to the 2013 NFL draft. The Raiders had been expecting Hayden to eventually move into a starting role in their revamped secondary.
However, the recent surgery isn’t expected to jeopardize Hayden’s 2013 season, though he could be out for over a month. Dennis Allen stressed that he intends to sit out Hayden for the rest of the OTAs and minicamps with a return expected in time for training camp in late July.