Report: Raiders' D.J. Hayden likely to start season on PUP list
Rapoport reports that the team will make a final decision on Hayden's status this week. If he does begin the season on the PUP list, Hayden will be forced to miss at least the first six games.
Hayden has been on the PUP list since before training camp began after he underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot, which stemmed from an ankle injury he sustained during OTAs in May. In early August, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he expected Hayden back before the preseason ended, but Hayden has still yet to practice.
The second-year pro struggled with injuries as a rookie last season. Hayden was limited last offseason due to heart surgery and saw his season end after just eight games because of a sports hernia injury.
Hayden, the No. 12 pick in the 2013 NFL draft, totaled 23 tackles and one interception in 2013.
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