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Saturday, August 24, 2013
Did Hayward come back too soon?

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. – It didn’t take Casey Hayward long to return to last season’s form.

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The Green Bay Packers cornerback, who led all NFL rookies last season with six interceptions, picked off Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the second quarter of Friday’s preseason game at Lambeau Field.

But not long after, Hayward left the game after he aggravated the pulled hamstring that landed him on the physically unable to perform list to open camp. Hayward only returned to practice on Monday, just six days before he made his preseason debut.

Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t have any detailed injury information on Hayward other than the fact that it was the same hamstring he injured while working out in Atlanta just prior to the start of training camp.

In some cases, the Packers have brought players back slowly from injuries and not allowed them to play in a preseason game the same week they returned to practice. The Packers clearly felt Hayward was ready, but it might have been too soon.

Hayward was not in the locker room or available for comment following the game, and the Packers are off on Saturday.

Two other players, safety Morgan Burnett and linebacker Brad Jones, were also sidelined Friday because of hamstring injuries.

Meanwhile, running back DuJuan Harris reinjured the knee that kept him out of the first two preseason games, although Harris said after the game that he did not think his injury was severe.

Linebacker Jarvis Reed also sustained an ankle injury.