According to the ContraCostaTimes.com, first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden and second-round draft pick Menelik Watson were placed on the non-football-injury (NFI) list today. This means they will most likely miss the first practice of the Oakland Raiders 2013 training camp. The designation is given to players who suffered an injury in an exercise or incident that is unrelated to football. Once Watson or Hayden passes a physical, they could come off the list immediately and participate in practice. It is unknown what injury Watson is suffering from. Head Coach Dennis Allen will address the media on Friday, and we should get more information on why Watson is on the NFI list. Also, we should get more information on how long either player will remain on the list.
As we all know, it is imperative that rookies get reps in training camp. The more they miss the farther behind they will become. Watching and studying can only get you so far, you must get out there and mix it up with your teammates. If Watson hopes to unseat Khalif Barnes at the right tackle position, he needs to get off the NFI list as soon as possible. Hayden’s injury is one that has been heavily publicized. He had surgery performed to remove scar tissue from his abdominal area. He was supposed to be ready to go once training camp kicked off, but it appears that we will have to wait a little longer before we get our first look at the number one draft pick.