Hayward (hamstring) didn't play in Saturday's preseason loss to the Saints, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Hayward wasn't expected to play Saturday after injuring his hamstring earlier in the week, but the All-Pro cornerback will likely be ready for the official start of the 2018 campaign against the Chiefs in two weeks. Arguably one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, Hayward's reputation makes him an unreliable IDP candidate if only because team's tend to avoid throwing in the 28-year-old's direction.
Hayward left Tuesday's practice with an apparent hamstring injury, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
While covering teammate Mike Williams on a go route, Hayward pulled up and grabbed at his hamstring. Since signing with the Chargers during the 2016 offseason, Hayward has put together back-to-back second-team All-Pro campaigns, accumulating 98 tackles and 11 interceptions without missing a game. Due to his prowess as an IDP, this potential injury could hinder his prospects to begin the regular season.
Hayward remained sidelined for the second day of mandatory minicamp Wednesday due to a hip injury, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Hayward has displayed his ball-hawking abilities the past two seasons, racking up four interceptions last year to back up a seven-pick campaign in 2016. While his offseason will be temporarily put on hold as he deals with some soreness, there's nothing at this point to suggest the issue will leak into the regular season.
Hayward did not participate during OTAs on Monday due to an undisclosed injury, reports Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com
The injury is likely insignificant, as the 2017 second-team All Pro hasn't been linked to any sort of medical issues throughout the offseason. Hayward is expected to participate in OTAs when he is deemed healthy given he agreed to a three-year extension in March that will pay the 28-year-old cornerback close to $12 million per year.
In two seasons with the Chargers, Hayward has recorded 11 interceptions and 42 passes defensed, making him an All-Pro both seasons and solidifying him as a top-tier cornerback in the league. The extension is reportedly worth $36 million, with $20 million guaranteed.
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