Raiders place Hayden on PUP

Raiders place Hayden on PUP
August 26, 2014, 8:45 am
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D.J. Hayden will be ineligible for the first six games of the regular season. (AP)

UPDATE (11:25 a.m. on Tuesday) -- The Raiders placed D.J. Hayden on the Physically Unable to Perform list, the team announced in a press release Tuesday morning.

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The Raiders are placing cornerback D.J. Hayden on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to an ESPN report.

On the PUP, Hayden would be ineligible for the first six weeks of the regular season after a foot injury sustained in OTAs.

“We’re going to push it all the way up until the deadline, until we find out exactly where he is,” head coach Dennis Allen said on Monday. “We’ll wait and see what we have to do on that.”

The second-year player has been on the PUP list throughout training camp and has not practiced with the team. But Hayden, 24, has done some impactful side work during practices open to the press. He did so again on Monday, slashing and cutting his way through drills.

“I watched him out there moving around with the trainers today,” Allen said. “He looks a lot better, but that’s one of those things that you just kind of visit with the trainers every day and find out how he did each particular day. He’s making progress that’s for sure.”

Hayden, whose rookie season was cut short due to a groin injury after he appeared in eight games, suffered a stress fracture in late May that was originally thought to be an ankle sprain.

A second MRI shortly after Raiders minicamp ended June 19 confirmed a stress fracture in his foot that required surgical repair. Hayden had his foot fixed shortly after.

Carlos Rogers is the starting left cornerback right now, though Chimdi Chekwa has taken some reps there. Without Hayden, it’s likely that Rogers will play outside in the base defense and slot cornerback in the nickel. Chekwa would replace him at outside corner in the nickel package.