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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Report: Raiders agree to terms with Hayden

By Bill Williamson

Any worry that the Oakland Raiders will start training camp Friday without top pick D.J. Hayden apparently is over.

NFL reporter Adam Caplan reports the cornerback has agreed to terms, and unless there are unexpected complications, Hayden is expected to be on the field Friday.

The #Raiders have agreed to terms with first-round pick CB D.J. Hayden (12th overall), league source confirms.

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) July 25, 2013

Hayden’s situation is unique because of health reasons. He had surgery in the spring to repair issues stemming from a life-threatening heart surgery he had last November. The Raiders have said they expected Hayden to be ready for training camp, but there hasn’t been any recent prognosis from the team.

I don’t think getting Hayden back on the field is the question. It is whether he can stay on the field without further complications. If healthy, Hayden will be an instant starter.

In other AFC West notes: columnist Ashley Fox writes about a much more content Andy Reid in Kansas City. Fox writes why Reid seems happier in his new gig as opposed to the final years of his 14-season stay in Philadelphia.

Of course, in the NFL, happiness is predicated by on-field success. Time will tell if Reid stays happy in Kansas City. Meanwhile, ESPN Stats & Information looks at the challenges facing Reid and Mike McCoy in San Diego as they take over their new programs.

ESPN Stats and Information looks at what to expect from Peyton Manning and Wes Welker’s numbers-wise, in 2013.

Denver fans are standing behind star pass-rusher Von Miller. He was cheered wildly Thursday as the Broncos started training camp. Miller is appealing a four-game NFL suspension for substance abuse.

New San Diego linebacker D.J. Smith is practicing. He was cut by Green Bay this spring after suffering a torn ACL. He could be a nice pickup for the Chargers.

King Dunlap started camp as the Chargers’ left tackle, however, Max Starks is still expected to win the job.