Bair: Hayden still waiting for clearance, Pryor's quantum leap
The Raiders' second exhibition game is on Friday, August 16 in New Orleans. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
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NAPA – Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden suffered a hamstring strain on Monday afternoon, but that won’t keep him out of Friday’s preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
His offseason abdominal surgery will. The first-round draft pick hasn’t been medically cleared for full contact, and was officially ruled out Monday by coach Dennis Allen.
Allen also said the decision to hold Hayden out had nothing to do with his heart condition, which originated when he ruptured a blood vessel near his heart during a University of Houston practice.
Hayden suffered a hamstring strain on a passing drill, yet finished practice at less than full strength.
“We’ll see where he’s at on Wednesday, following the mandatory off day tomorrow,” Allen said. “He won’t play in the game and we’ll re-evaluate him after that.”
In addition to Hayden, Allen ruled out linebackers Kaluka Maiava and Miles Burris, who have one practice between them this camp. Defensive tackle Pat Sims, who is on the active physically unable to perform list, will be evaluated Wednesday before his playing status is determined. Offensive lineman Menelik Watson wasn’t formally ruled out, but he hasn’t practiced and is on the non-football injury list.