NAPA — D.J. Hayden was back out on the practice field taking part in individual drills and even covering receivers in a few 11-on-11 sessions.
The main thing setting the Oakland Raiders rookie cornerback apart from the rest of his teammates when training camp opened was the color of his jersey.
Instead of wearing the usual black jersey for the defense, Hayden was in a red one designated usually for quarterbacks and kickers who are not supposed to be hit as he works his way back from a near-fatal injury that cut his college career short and offseason surgery that kept him out of most minicamps and organized team activities.
"I'm just happy to be out there," Hayden said. "If I got to have a red jersey on, that's what it is. I'm cool with it. Happy."
Hayden has plenty of reason to be happy after all that he has gone through since being taken to the hospital last November after colliding with a teammate during practice while playing in college at Houston.