Raiders’ No. 1 pick sits out on final day of minicampby The Associated Press on May. 11, 2009, under Sports
ALAMEDA, Calif. – First-round draft pick Darrius Heyward-Bey sat out the final day of the Oakland Raiders’ minicamp Sunday because of a sore hamstring and fatigue.
Second-round pick Mike Mitchell and fourth-rounder Louis Murphy also missed the workout for similar reasons.
“Just tightened up,” Heyward-Bey said. “My legs are a little too tight. Running too fast.”
Heyward-Bey, who had the fastest time in the 40-yard dash (4.3 seconds) at the Scouting Combine in February, was injured late in Saturday’s practice and did not work out in the afternoon.
He spent Sunday as a spectator alongside Murphy and fellow wide receiver Javon Walker, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery.
“It’s the toughest transition for the rookies with all the running we do,” head coach Tom Cable said. “You just want to be smart with them. It’s precautionary.”
Along with the three receivers and Mitchell, the Raiders were also without left guard Robert Gallery (calf), defensive tackle Gerard Warren (pectoral muscle), defensive end Derrick Burgess (stomach flu) and reserve offensive lineman Paul McQuistan, who is still recovering from knee surgery last season.
The Raiders will resume their offseason workout program on May 19.
Falcons’ Jerry injured
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith says first-round draft pick Peria Jerry has a mild right knee sprain.
A day after leaving practice early with the injury, Jerry stood on the field with other defensive linemen Sunday, but didn’t participate as Atlanta finished its three-day mini-camp. The former Mississippi tackle walked without a limp and wasn’t wearing protection on his right knee.
Falcons are off until May 19, when the team begins voluntary offseason training activities. Jerry, who wasn’t available to talk with reporters, missed the afternoon session Saturday to visit a specialist.
Drafted No. 28 overall, Jerry had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee last August to repair a torn meniscus.