ALAMEDA – Rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden is back on the Raiders’ practice field less than two weeks removed from a procedure to clear away scar tissue in his abdominal region. However, the No. 12 overall pick, dressed in a black No. 25 jersey, was just a spectator while his teammates stretched and participated in drills at the Raiders’ third OTA session Monday.
The Raiders selected Hayden despite prior concerns about his health stemming from a Nov. 6, 2012 incident. While at the University of Houston, Hayden suffered a tear in a blood vessel in his heart that nearly ended his life.
Hayden started his Raiders career with a clean bill of health and participated in rookie minicamp. But he tweeted "My stomach hurt so bad right now" on May 20 and was in the hospital later that week to have the surgical procedure.
Allen said after the hospitalization that he expects Hayden to be healthy in time to be a full participant in training camp in July and he reiterated that timetable Monday.
"It’s a little bit of uncharted waters but we still feel comfortable that he’ll be back and ready to go in camp," Allen said. "He won’t go through the OTAs and the minicamp but there will be a plan to kind of get him in shape and get him ready to go so he’ll be ready for training camp."
While Hayden was present, wide receivers Joshua Cribbs and Jacoby Ford were noticeably absent for the early portion of practice. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said last week that Cribbs, a nine-year veteran who came to Oakland from the Cleveland Browns this offseason, is dealing with a knee issue and has not been cleared to practice. Cribbs eventually joined his teammates in time to watch, but not participate, in full-team drills.
Allen said after practice that Ford "tweaked his hamstring."
Charles Woodson, back with the Raiders after seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers, was a full participant while wearing a No. 2 jersey. Cornerback Tracy Porter was still wearing Woodson’s old No. 24. The two may work out a deal so the former Heisman Trophy winner can reclaim his familiar number.
Quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor took most of the reps in practice, with rookie Tyler Wilson also seeing some action.
Placekicker Sebastian Janikowski was not on the field, as long snapper Jon Condo worked with kicker Eddy Carmona and punters Chris Kluwe and Marquette King, who has switched from No. 2 to No. 7.