I was surprised at this kids story, what he endured and still ended up being drafted high.
Most disconcerting, Allen acknowledged we "can't rule that out" if there is a correlation between the abdominal injury and last year's heart surgery to repair a torn inferior vena cava. At this point, the Raiders "don't anticipate it being an issue."
Allen's concession about the possibility of post-surgery issues comes as a surprise after Hayden reportedly checked out medically in most NFL draft rooms. "Most of the teams have come to the conclusion that it was a once-in-a-gazillion situation," NFL Network draft analyst Mayock noted last month. "That has no more chance of happening than it did in the first place."
Hayden's history demands extra precaution for internal injuries. The hope is that the injury is not serious and the Raiders are simply preparing for all possibilities.