Hayward tallied 40 tackles, four interceptions, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and 22 passes defended in 2017.
Hayward was voted second-team All-Pro for the second consecutive season, perhaps underscoring another dominant campaign from the 28-year-old. Hayward has clearly emerged as one of the better cover corners since coming over from Green Bay in 2016, but he likely doesn't post enough consistent counting numbers to be a reliable IDP asset in shallow leagues.
Hayward had two solo tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery Sunday against the Jets.
Hayward has posted over three tackles in a game just three times through 15 outings this season, so he relies on other forms of contribution to boost his stat line. This was his first forced fumble since the 2012 season, but he has now reached 20 pass breakups for the second consecutive season, and he's one shy of matching his career high.
Hayward (calf) is listed as active Saturday at Kansas City.
Hayward developed soreness from his calf to his Achilles by week's end, earning a questionable designation. In advance of this game, the Chargers promoted cornerback Craig Mager from the practice squad, seemingly as a backup plan. No matter, Hayward has been cleared by the training staff and will suit up at his typical left cornerback spot.
Hayward is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Chiefs with a calf injury, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports. "We held [Hayward] out [of practice]," Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Thursday. "He had more soreness in his calf, and it kind of worked its way down to the Achilles so we held him out."
Hayward had been a healthy participant in San Diego's practices all week before appearing on the injury report Thursday. A similar injury afflicted Hayward two weeks ago, but he ultimately suited up days later for the Chargers' win over the Browns. Lynn is similarly hopeful that Hayward will be able to shake off the latest setback to take the field Saturday, but if the veteran is sidelined, Michael Davis would pick up his first career start at cornerback.
Hayward (personal, calf), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns, will play in the contest, a source informed Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Hayward missed all of the Chargers' practices this week after leaving the team to be with his family in Georgia following the death of his brother Monday. The cornerback returned to Los Angeles late Friday and touched base with the coaching staff on the Week 13 game plan, so it looks like he'll be ready to go for Sunday's 4:05 p.m. EST kickoff. His responsibilities are expected to include covering Browns wideout Josh Gordon, who will return from suspension to play in his first NFL game since 2014.
|2012||Green Bay Packers||16||53||40.0||13||0||6||81||13.5||24||0||20|
|2013||Green Bay Packers||3||8||5.0||3||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||Green Bay Packers||16||42||33.0||9||0||3||113||37.7||82||1||7|
|2015||Green Bay Packers||16||65||56.0||9||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||7|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||16||58||51.0||7||0||7||102||14.6||31||1||20|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||16||40||33.0||7||0||4||7||1.8||7||0||22|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2012||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Green Bay Packers||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||0||0||2||49||2||1|
|2015||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||16||0||0||1||0||2||11||2||0|