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ALAMEDA – The Raiders had near-perfect attendance for the opening session of a mandatory minicamp.
Guard Lucas Nix was excused after having surgery earlier in the day. Everyone else was there, so some weren’t on the practice field. A few players remained on the side with injury, including 2013 first-round pick D.J. Hayden. The second-year cornerback will miss the entire minicamp with a right ankle injury that remains in a walking boot.
Outside linebacker Kevin Burnett (ankle), cornerback Carlos Rogers (calf), defensive tackle Antonio Smith (undisclosed) and guard Nix (knee) were also sidelined. Receiver James Jones ended practice early after landing hard on his shoulder.
None of the aforementioned injuries, head coach Dennis Allen said, are of major concern.
“The only person who might not be ready by the start of camp is Lucas Nix, who had a procedure on his knee,” Allen said. “I don’t see any of these other injuries being an issue.”
Hayden’s inexperience, combined with high expectations, makes missed time detrimental, but it's not cause for panic.
“It’s a definitely a setback, there’s no question about it,” Allen said. “DJ’s a young player and he needs the reps, but I don’t think it’s the end-all, be-all. It’s not some thing he can’t overcome, but he has to stay into it mentally and he has to do some extra work in the once the players get out of here so he’s in the best physical and mental shape possible heading into camp.”