ALAMEDA – Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden was a spectator for Monday’s OTA session, sporting the same walking boot he had last week. It protects an ankle injury suffered nearly two weeks go, early in the practice portion of the offseason program.
This isn’t a minor tweak. Hayden’s injury could keep him out until training camp.
“It’s hard to tell,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “Initially I was hopeful (that he would return soon). We’re day by day with DJ. Hopefully we’ll have him out here, because he needs the work.”
The Raiders continue with OTAs through Thursday. They have a mandatory minicamp scheduled from June 17-19.
Receiver James Jones missed Monday’s work with an hamstring strain, but he was working on a side field. Defensive tackle Antonio Smith remains out after minor surgery to fix an undisclosed ailment. So is guard Lucas Nix.
Linebacker Kevin Burnett and defensive end Justin Tuck were absent from Monday’s voluntary session. Allen knew they would be gone beforehand.