Raiders rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden is looking forward to making his Raider and NFL debut during tonight’s preseason game against the Bears.
Hayden will make his exhibition debut for Oakland on Friday night against the Chicago Bears in his first game action of any kind since a near-fatal practice collision ended his college career last November and raised questions about his future in the NFL.
Hayden has been limited most of training camp after undergoing abdominal surgery in May to heal scarring from the original injury. He was not cleared for any contact until last Friday and has had just one padded practice before taking the field against the Bears.
“I’m looking forward to my first NFL game. Can’t wait to get out there and play,” Hayden said, per the AP. “I want to go ahead and shake the rust off. Get wet a little bit. Can’t wait.”
The last time Hayden played in a football was on November 3rd of last year when he was at the University of Houston.