Raiders rookie CB D.J. Hayden hospitalized following abdominal surgery
Hayden had finally made his return to the field to participate in the Raiders’ three-day rookie minicamp earlier this week, after suffering a near-fatal heart injury during a Cougars practice last November. He also participated in the in the Oakland Raiders’ OTA sessions last week before being sidelined and later hospitalized due to stomach pain. The Raiders have no update as to when Hayden will be released from the hospital, although coach Dennis Allen expected him to be ready for training camp in July.
The 22-year-old Hayden first experienced the stomach pain last Tuesday or Wednesday, and after being hospitalized late last week, he underwent abdominal surgery to remove scar tissue from the region.
Allen said he did not know if Hayden’s latest surgery was related to the injury he suffered during a practice in a collision with a teammate at Houston.
"We can't rule that out, obviously, but right now I don't know exactly what the correlation is to it," said Allen. "But we don't anticipate it being an issue."
However, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times spoke with that doctor overseeing the procedure and reported that Hayden’s latest health issue didn’t appear to have a connection the previous heart injury.
Hayden had a close brush with death last year when he was rushed into surgery for a tear of the inferior vena cava around the heart. Doctors had to cut through Hayden's sternum to save him. The injury is considered 95 percent fatal in the field due to chances of high blood loss.
The former Houston cornerback Hayden had not been on the field since last November, although he was medically cleared ahead of April’s draft. The Raiders picked him up with the 12th overall pick in the first-round, and did not seem all that concerned with his medical history, opting to considering the past heart issue as a fluke injury.
Hayden was projected to start at cornerback for the Raiders this year. Although Allen characterized Hayden’s abdominal surgery as a “minor procedure,” the recent setback further delays his return to the field, which cannot be all that good for a rookie who also missed time towards the end of his senior year.
"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."