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CB D.J. Hayden cleared for contact

Updated: August 18, 2013, 1:25 PM ET
Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders first-round cornerback D.J. Hayden has been cleared for contact and will practice without limitations for the first time since a near-fatal heart injury almost ended his career last November.

That news couldn't come at a better time for the Raiders.

Starting cornerback Tracy Porter injured his groin Friday night and will likely be sidelined this week and the rest of the defense failed to stop Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints' first-team offense ...

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