Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback DJ Hayden has had to overcome a lot en route to being the 12th overall pick in April’s NFL Draft. Last November, Hayden nearly died when Houston receiver Trevon Stewart went up for a pass in practice and kneed Hayden in the chest.
On the play, Hayden tore his inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. The injury has a 95 percent mortality rate and usually happens in car accidents.
Hayden’s case was the first ever on a football field. Somehow, Hayden survived and was cleared by all 32 NFL medical staffs prior to the draft.
However, Hayden is back in the hospital after undergoing surgery to remove scar tissue in his abdominal area. The Raiders do not know when he will be released. Oakland expects Hayden to be out until training camp in July if all goes well.
Last week, Hayden complained of stomach pain during OTAs before his surgery.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Hayden’s abdominal injury is related to the heart surgery he had in November. That has to be especially concerning for the Raiders who shouldn’t take any chances with Hayden given his past.
Hopefully, this turns out to be a minor scare and Hayden will be ready to take the field opening day.