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Raiders draft cornerback D.J. Hayden with 12th pick

After swapping picks with the Dolphins earlier in the round, the Raiders used the 12th overall pick to select Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden. There was a lot of chatter that the Raiders were think defensive tackle with the pick. Sharrif Floyd and Star Lotulelei would have been available options if the Raiders took that route. There was even a thankfully false rumor spreading around...
Via Minus Twenty-Two
April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

First Round NFL Draft Grades: Oakland Raiders

PICK: D.J. Hayden, CB, HoustonANALYSIS: When I heard this morning that Hayden was being considered as the first or second CB in the draft, I actually laughed. I knew he might sneak into the end of round one despite being a second round prospect, but I never imagined him going this high. His story and return from a life threatening injury is certainly inspiring, but he just isn...
Via Heff's Sports Blog
April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Benigno made Rich Eisen Uncomfortable as he Dumped all Over DJ Hayden Today

University of Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden almost died in practice after a teammate's knee hit him in the chest causing a tear in the inferior vena cava in his heart. (Google it, it's insane.) When... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~
Via Bob's Blitz
April 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders bring in D.J. Hayden for a visit

According to, the Oakland Raiders brought in Houston cormerback D.J. Hayden for a visit.Hayden almost died at a practice during the 2012 season.Fully healed less than five months after a routine hit nearly claimed his life, cornerback D.J. Hayden is visiting the Raiders on Tuesday, per a source with knowledge of the situation.Hayden severed his inferior vena...
Via Pro Football Zone
April 16, 2013  |  Discuss

D.J. Hayden Slated to Workout for Texans

Houson CB D.J. Hayden will work out 4/2 w/ Texans. Will do sguttle, jumps and send results to all teams. Has 7 total visits. Rising fast. — Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 25, 2013   According to NFL Network’s Gil Brandt, the Houston Texans will host hometown product, cornerback D.J. Hayden in a private workout. Hayden graduated from the University of Houston and garnered first...
Via State of the Texans
March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

DJ Hayden CB, Houston Scouting Report

DJ Hayden CB, Houston 5-11, 191 LBS         TCK          INT        PBU         SCK         TFL           FF 2012 38 4 8 3 1 Houston 2011 66 2 11 1 8 5 11/12 2010 35 3 6 Navarro JUCO 09/10 2009 23 1     *4 INT returned for touchdowns (3 at Houston).   *Missed final...
Via 85% Sports
March 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Hayden returns and impresses at UH pro day

If you remember the name D.J. Hayden, chances are you remember it because Hayden was the victim of one of the most terrifying and unusual injuries ever suffered by an athlete. Four months ago Hayden, a defensive back at the University of Houston, ruptured the main vein to his heart during a practice. Doctors said this kind of injury is normally associated with car accidents and...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
March 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Houston CB injured seriously at practice

Cougars cornerback D.J. Hayden is in critical but stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery Tuesday evening after suffering a torn blood vessel during practice.

Via Crystal Ball Run
November 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Hayden out of hospital after injury

A University of Houston defensive back left a hospital Monday, six days after a hit in practice tore a major vein that feeds his heart and left him in critical condition. The school said cornerback D.J. Hayden was discharged from Memorial Hermann-Texas Trauma Institute in Houston. Hayden and his family won't be available for comment immediately, UH athletics spokesman David...
Via AP on Fox
November 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Houston CB tears large vein

Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden remains in ''stable yet critical'' condition after tearing a vein during a collision with a teammate during practice. Team physician Dr. Walter Lowe said in a statement from the school Thursday that the senior was taken by ambulance Tuesday to Memorial Hermann Hospital. He had immediate surgery for a tear of the inferior vena cava,...
Via AP on Fox
November 08, 2012  |  Discuss
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