D.J. Hayden will miss the Raiders preseason opener

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Rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden will be held out of the Raiders preseason opener this week after suffering a hamstring injury on Monday.

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen confirmed that they’re keeping Hayden out of this week’s game because of offseason abdominal surgery.

“We’ll see where he’s at when we come back to work Wednesday,” Allen said, via the AP. “It’s more of a relation to the surgery that he had this offseason as opposed to the heart condition.”

Hayden was rushed into surgery last November for a tear of the inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart, after a collision in practice. Doctors had to cut through Hayden’s sternum to save him. The injury is 95 percent fatal.

The 23-year-old had his offseason cut short when he underwent surgery in late May to remove scar tissue from his abdominal region.

Hayden has been wearing a red jersey in practice to let his teammate know he can’t be hit during drills.