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ALAMEDA – Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden returned to practice as expected on Wednesday afternoon, the first day he was eligible to do so.
The 2013 first-round pick is on the physically unable to perform list, which mandates a player six out the season’s first six weeks.
The Raiders now have 21 days to evaluate Hayden in practice before deciding whether to activate him or place him on season-ending injured reserve.
If he’s deemed fit, however, he could be active for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. That seems uncertain, though he’s 100-percent recovered from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.
He must earn his way back into the starting lineup, which currently features Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown. TJ Carrie is the No. 3 cornerback and plays in nickel and dime packages.
Hayden is expected to speak publicly after practice, for the first time since getting hurt in June.
In addition, right tackle Khalif Barnes and receiver Vincent Brown did side work with a trainer. Defensive end Justin Tuck and fullback Marcel Reece did not participate in the padded practice.