Raiders Top Pick Hayden Is Out Until Training Camp After Surgery

Oakland Raiders cornerback and top draft pick D.J. Hayden will miss the rest of the team’s early practice sessions after having a buildup of scar tissue removed from his abdomen.

Hayden had surgery in November to repair a blood vessel near his heart that was torn in a collision with a teammate during football practice at the University of Houston. Raiders coach Dennis Allen told reporters yesterday that the scar tissue, which was causing Hayden stomach pain, may be related to the player’s previous injury.

Allen said he has “no worries” that Hayden, the 12th pick in this year’s National Football League draft, will be back for the Raiders’ training camp in July.

Last week’s procedure to remove the scar tissue was precautionary and, barring complications, isn’t a major concern for the Raiders, NFL.com reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the situation.

Hayden was injured as a senior at Houston when he tore his inferior vena cava, which carries blood from the lower half of the body back to the heart. Houston’s team doctor, Walter Lowe, said at the time that Hayden’s injury, usually associated with high-speed motor vehicle crashes, was 95 percent fatal in the field.

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