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Raiders CB Hayden leaves hospital

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Days after undergoing abdominal surgery, Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden was released from an undisclosed hospital Wednesday.

The team reported that its first-round draft was home recuperating.

The operation removed scar tissue, possibly related to the heart surgery Hayden had in November after he was hurt during a practice while attending the University of Houston. He had a torn inferior vena cava, a vein that brings blood to the heart.

The Raiders said Hayden will miss the remainder of their offseason program, but they are hopeful he could be ready to return for the start of training camp.

Oakland's medical team cleared Hayden before the Raiders selected him 12th overall in the draft, a surprising pick because of his recent health problem.

"It's obviously not a good thing, from a football standpoint," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday regarding Hayden missing the remainder of the team's organized team activities. "As a rookie, you need all the reps you can get and all the work you can get."

The Raiders were viewing Hayden as a possible starter, with either veteran Tracy Porter or Mike Jenkins sliding into the nickel role.
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