Sad News from Detroit: Former Detroit Lions CB among 6 killed in Houston car wreck


Detroit Lions OTA practice - May 24, 2017

Detroit Lions cornerback D.J. Hayden (31) runs a drill during their OTA practice at their team headquarters in Allen Park, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Mike Mulholland | Mike Mulholland | Mike Mulholland According to multiple reports, former NFL cornerback D.J. Hayden was one of six people killed on Saturday morning in Houston after a multiple-car collision.

A car sped through a red light and caused a collision with another vehicle, resulting in the deaths of Hayden and his former college teammates at the University of Houston, Zach McMillian and Ralph Oragwu. Hayden was 33 years old.

Per The Houston Chronicle, the driver who ran the red light, causing the collision, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police stated that in total, four people died at the accident site, with two more dying after being transported to the hospital.

Hayden entered the NFL as the No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 draft by the former Oakland Raiders. After spending four seasons in Oakland, Hayden signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions in 2017. Following the Lions’ training camp that season, he became their third cornerback behind Darius Slay and Nevin Lawson.

During his lone season with the Lions, Hayden recorded 44 tackles and two fumble recoveries, with one being returned for a touchdown on Nov. 19, 2017, during a Week 11 victory over the Chicago Bears.

In addition to the Raiders and Lions, Hayden had stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Football Team, respectively.

Detroit Lions elevate new long snapper for Chargers game

Jake McQuaide

Detroit Lions safety Jake McQuaide, (50), punter Jack Fox (3) and safety Scott Daly walk to the practice field during an NFL football practice, Wednesday, July 26, 2023, in Allen Park, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)APINGLEWOOD, Calif. — In a show of their improving health, the Detroit Lions are elevating just one player from their practice squad for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. And that player is a long snapper.

After weeks of leaning heavily on the practice squad, the Lions are elevating only Jake McQuaide against L.A. McQuaide replaces Scott Daly, who suffered a significant injury in the last game against Las Vegas and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

While that disrupts the precision of the field-goal unit, McQuaide was in camp with Detroit and has worked extensively with holder Jack Fox and kicker Riley Patterson

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