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Mark Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders, confirmed a San Antonio Express-News story that he visited with San Antonio officials about relocating his team to that area, according to multiple reports.
Julian Castro, city manager Sheryl Sculley, Mario Hernandez of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, and the president and chairman of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce in mid-July.
"I was asked to meet two weeks ago with the owner of the Oakland Raiders, Mark Davis, and members of his staff," Sculley said in a statement to City Council. "Mr. Davis has expressed interest in a possible relocation of his NFL team to San Antonio and we are engaged in preliminary due diligence. The agenda for this visit included a tour of the Alamodome and meetings with local business leaders."
Any NFL team seeking relocation needs the approval of 24 of the league's 32 owners.
--The first news of training camp has become old news in Oakland: cornerback DJ Hayden is not ready to play.
Hayden, a first-round draft pick out of Houston in the 2013 draft, has battled physical issues since he was the 12th overall selection despite coming off major trauma surgery to repair a torn blood vessel leading to his heart following a practice collision.
Although ostensibly recovered from that life-threatening issue as well as a subsequent surgery to remove scar tissue that cost him his rookie training camp, the newest problem is a stress fracture in his right foot that required surgery. It left Hayden on the physically unable to perform list as camp opened at the Napa Valley Marriott.
"I wish I had a time frame, I really don't know what it's going to be," Allen said. "It's disappointing for him and for me because he's a guy we were counting on being able to step up and help us this year and he's a young player and he needs the reps."
Hayden rolled his ankle during the first organized team activity then spent the remainder of the offseason in a protective boot. According to Allen, an initial MRI revealed no damage. When Hayden continued to feel pain, a second MRI revealed the stress fracture.
Allen said a surgical procedure was performed at the end of the mandatory camp, which concluded June 19. He said there was no way to know how Hayden would respond, indicating recovery could take as long as eight weeks -- meaning he could conceivably miss the first three weeks of training camp and the entirety of the club's time in Napa.
Before the foot injury, Allen said Hayden was "light years" ahead of where he was at this point last year and the cornerback was enthused about being back on the field.
The hope was Hayden would get in plenty of practice reps and step in as a starting corner alongside free-agent acquisition Tarell Brown, with Carlos Rogers, another former San Francisco 49er, playing nickel corner.
With Hayden out, Rogers will play outside but slide inside in the nickel and give way to veteran Chimdi Chekwa and TJ Carrie, a rookie sixth-round pick out of Ohio who had an impressive offseason.
"He's a young player, and these young guys, they need the reps, they need the work," Allen said of Hayden "Is it a setback? Yeah, it's a setback. Is it something that's going to keep him from being able to contribute this year? I certainly hope not. That be determined by how fast he's able to recover."
After the surgery to remove scar tissue last year, Hayden missed additional time with a hamstring strain. He played in eight games before leaving to have sports hernia surgery.
As for Hayden's state of mind, Allen said, "I think he's frustrated, but I don't think he's in any state of despair or anything like that. I think he understands he's got another challenge he's got to try to overcome and the road that he has ahead of him and he's been working to try and get back. The kid wants to out there. He wants to play."
Veteran free safety Charles Woodson feels missing time will slow Hayden's growth process.
"The way you get better is out there on the field," Woodson said. "Looking at film and studying plays can only take you so far. Other guys are going to be on the field getting reps. If you're not out there, proving what you can do, how do you ever get back in the lineup?"