"I don't think there's any way you can sugarcoat that," Allen said. "I mean, he's behind ... though it's nothing that he can't overcome. But he needs to be healthy and he needs to be out here and he needs to work. We'll see where he's at when we go through training camp."
Hayden was still in a walking boot at the start of minicamp three weeks after first hurting his ankle.
It's been three weeks since
"It's definitely a setback, there's no question about it," Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday. "I mean, D.J.'s still a young player, he needs a lot of reps, but I don't think it's the end all, be all. I don't think it's something that he can't overcome, but he's got to stay into it mentally."
Allen believes Hayden will be fine for the start of training camp.
"It's hard to tell," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "Initially I was hopeful of (a quick return). Hopefully we'll have him out here, because he needs the work."
Hayden missed most of last season's offseason workouts while he recovered from a surgery late in his final collegiate season and a follow-up surgery in late May. He also wasn't permitted to participate in contact drills in the early days of training camp. A groin injury limited Hayden to eight regular-season games.
Hayden, Oakland's 2013 first-round draft pick, appeared well on his way to competing for a starting spot before he hurt his ankle in a practice late last month.
"D.J. saw just about everything, both in life and in football, happen to him in his rookie season," Tarver said according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "From his surgeries to his injuries to what he's overcome personally, physically, everything. He's a great young man, working hard right now. He's honing his technique, he looks explosive and he's put on weight and strength. And he's really focusing in on learning the little things in the defense so that he can play faster and be more aggressive on certain types of routes. He's definitely on the upswing."
Hayden had an interception, two passes defensed, a forced fumble and 25 total tackles in eight games last season. He missed the second half of the year with a groin injury.
|P1||8/8/14||@ MIN||8:00 pm|
|P3||8/22/14||@ GB||8:00 pm|
|1||9/7/14||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|3||9/21/14||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|8||10/26/14||@ CLE||4:25 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|11||11/16/14||@ SD||4:05 pm|
|13||11/30/14||@ STL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
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