Good news for those of you eager to find out if DJ Hayden will either prove the Reggie McKenzie haters wrong or fall flat on his face.
Hayden is expected to be cleared for full contact this weekend and reportedly will make his debut next Friday against the Bears. This year’s 12th overall pick underwent abdominal surgery in May to remove scar tissue related to his near-fatal injury last year and missed most of the team’s offseason activities.
He’s since returned to the practice field and, save for two days he missed recently due to a hamstring strain, has been participating in training camp, albeit with coaches treating him like a fine piece of china by scaling back his participation and holding him hostage with a red “no contact” jersey. All bets are soon to be off, though.
From Scott Bair:
The Raiders first-round pick should be cleared for contact on Friday, which would put him in line to play the preseason’s second half.
“We’ll re-evaluate with the doctors again ...