ALAMEDA -- Raiders head coach Dennis Allen called cornerback D.J. Hayden into his office on Thursday morning. He wanted to check on the first-round draft pick’s spirits following a disappointing Nov. 3 effort against Philadelphia and an injury that stole his shot at redemption.
Then was as good a time as any, especially because Hayden’s going to be out awhile.
“I brought him in and spoke with him this morning, and I know he’s disappointed,” Allen said. “He wants to be out there playing. With the injury, he’s not able to do that. D.J. is going to be fine.”
Just not right now. While Allen never gives recovery timetables, he said that Hayden won’t be back soon.
“I wouldn’t say it’s any worse than we thought it was,” Allen said. “It is an injury that it’s going to take some time to recover from.”
It’s yet another setback in a season that hasn’t gone as planned for the No. 12 overall pick. He came in with such promise, hoping to avoid the pratfalls of most rookie seasons. His year has had ups and downs, not surprising considering he wasn’t cleared for full contact until late in the preseason due to a heart condition that nearly killed him last year.
Hayden was always in a good mood, but the Eagles loss where he allowed three catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns seems to take him down a notch. Then he got hurt.
That’s why Allen offered words of encouragement about the future. Defensive coordinator still sees the same old D.J., the young player longing to improve.
“D.J.’s been great. He’s been paying attention, working on his health and trying to get back,” Tarver said. “He’s a good young man and we’re glad he’s here. He stays with the older veterans and is always trying to improve.”
Until he’s able to apply his skills, Phillip Adams will continue to fill in as outside corner in the nickel package. Adams had an uneven game against the New York Giants, but the Raiders are confident in his ability as a cover man. He played 15 games last season, and can fill in at any cornerback spot.
“We know Philip well,” Allen said. “We have confidence in what he can do.”
Pashos getting closer: Veteran right tackle Tony Pashos was limited in practice for a second straight, putting him in line to start Sunday’s game after missing the previous three. If he’s healthy, Pashos would start over rookie Menelik Watson.
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Burris back to work: Linebacker Miles Burris missed two days practice last week, but was back in action on Wednesday and Thursday. He has roughly a week left of a 21-day window to convince coaches to activate off the physically unable to perform list in stead of placing him on season-ending injured reserve.
Did not practice: CB D.J. Hayden (groin), SS Tyvon Branch (ankle), WR Juron Criner (shoulder), T Matt McCants (toe), RB Darren McFadden (hamstring).
Limited participation: K Sebastian Janikowski (ribs), Kaluka Maiava (ribs), QB Terrelle Pryor (knee), RT Tony Pashos (hip)
Physically unable to perform list: LB Miles Burris (knee) (21-day practice window began Oct. 30)
Injured reserve: TE David Ausberry (shoulder), RB Latavius Murray (ankle), K Eddie Carmona (leg), G Tony Bergstrom (foot);
Designated to return: LT Jared Veldheer (triceps) (21-day practice window began Nov. 13)