The season of the Oakland Raiders promising first round rookie cornerback has came to an end, the team reported on Wednesday morning.
The Raiders have placed DJ Hayden on Reserve/Injured, shutting down the rookie out of the University of Houston down after missing two games.
Hayden appeared in eight games (two starts) this season and recorded 29 tackles (23 solo), two passes defensed, one interception and one forced fumble. His fourth-quarter interception of a Philip Rivers pass in the end zone on sealed the Raiders’ 27-17 win over the Chargers and was the highlight of a hit and miss season for the rookie who was coming off a near death injury suffered midway through the Cougars season in his final year at college.
Hayden was Oakland’s first-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft and despite a rough outing in his final game against the Eagles, will be missed in the Raiders secondary as they enter the final two months of 2013. It is a tough break for a talented player who was hoping to prove to the league that his injury did not mean he was injury prone, his groin had other intentions and he will now be focusing on returning for a 2014 season alongside fellow IR draft pick Latavius Murray.
The Oakland Raiders have also added LB Miles Burris and re-signed DL Brian Sanford to the active roster, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Wednesday, filling spots filled by the release of Martez Wilson and Hayden hitting in the reserve.
Burris spent the first 11 weeks of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list after a knee injury kept him out of training camp before he recently rejoined practice. The second-year player from San Diego State appeared in all 16 games, in 2012 and finished third on the team with 138 tackles (84 solo) as one of the top rookies on an underperforming Oakland defense. Burris added 1.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble a year ago.
Burris will find playing time harder to come by in Jason Tarver’s defense with the emergence of Nick Roach and rookie Sio Moore, but there will be a place for Burris without a doubt as the team is counting on seeing if he can match the type of production he showed in his rookie season. It will be interesting to see how the team utilizes him following his injury.