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Report: Oakland Raiders expect D.J. Hayden back before start of season


Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden has not been participating in training camp while recovering from a surgically-repaired stress fracture in his right foot, but head coach Dennis Miller is optimistic the second-year pro will be back soon. "I expect to see him before preseason [ends]," Allen told, "but we’ll have to wait and see. He is getting better, but he is not ready to be out here playing football yet." 

Hayden was the No. 12 pick in the 2013 draft. He played in eight games his rookie year, starting two, and recorded an interception and two passes defended. 

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Hayden is currently on the physically unable to perform list, meaning he cannot practice, but he can be activated at any time during training camp. If he begins the season on the PUP list, Hayden would be forced to sit out Oakland's first six games. 

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Fourth-year corner Chimi Chekwa is playing in Hayden's spot so far in training camp. The Raiders used the No. 5 pick in this year's draft to select linebacker Khalil Mack

- Alex Hampl