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Raiders first-round draft pick to sit out preseason opener against Dallas

Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden will not play in Friday's preseason opener against Dallas.Hayden suffered a slight hamstring pull in training camp on Monday but Oakland coach Dennis Allen said the decision to hold the rookie cornerback out was related to Hayden's recovery from offseason abdominal surgery."We'll see where he's at when we come back to work Wednesday," Allen said. "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 wasn't available after practice and players were excused from evening meetings....

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