Former Bulldog Hayden in Stable, but Critical Condition


UH captain, C-USA’s top interceptor injured during workouts

HOUSTON — University of Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden remained hospitalized in critical, but stable condition Thursday night after undergoing emergency surgery at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Hayden had surgery to repair a tear in the main blood vessel that leads to the heart, according to a story written by the HoustonChronicle‘s Joseph Duarte. The former Navarro Bulldog player required surgery after colliding with a teammate during Tuesday night’s practice. If not for the quick response by the UH training staff and the medical staff at Hermann where Hayden was taken by ambulance, the injury could have been potentially fatal.

Hayden was a preseason All-Conference USA selection and captain of the Cougars’ defensive unit.  He led UH and the C-USA in interceptions with 4, and returned two of those for touchdowns.