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Top Casey Hayward News

  • Casey Hayward: Fully healthy

    Hayward (pectoral) has received full medical clearance ahead of the start of the 2023 regular season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Hayward was released by Atlanta back in April with a failed physical designation, but he's now fully healthy and ready to search for a depth role entering his 12th NFL season. The veteran cornerback will turn 34 years old just before Sunday's slate of Week 1 matchups kicks off, but he was a 17-game starter for the Raiders as recently as 2021.

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  • Casey Hayward: Released by Atlanta

    The Falcons released Hayward (pectoral) on Friday, Greg Auman of Fox Sports reports.

    Hayward, who was let go with a failed physical designation per Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston, will head to free agency after logging 17 tackles (14 solo) and an interception in the first six games last season before missing the rest of the year with a pectoral injury. After adding Jeff Okudah and Mike Hughes during the offseason, the Falcons moved on from the 33-year-old, who will now look for a new opportunity elsewhere once he's back to full health.

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  • Falcons' Casey Hayward: Recovering from pectoral surgery

    Hayward is recovering from pectoral surgery and said Tuesday, "I'm doing good. Hopefully, by OTAs and camp, I'll be 100 percent," D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Hayward started the first six games of 2022 before being placed on IR with what was initially reported as a shoulder injury. The two-time Pro Bowler missed the remainder of the campaign and appears to have undergone surgery, though it's unclear when the procedure took place. If he's healthy, Hayward figures to slot into the starting cornerback spot opposite A.J. Terrell in 2023, but Atlanta may still add a few more pieces to its secondary this offseason.

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  • Falcons' Casey Hayward: Makes trip to Charlotte

    Hayward (shoulder) traveled with the Falcons for their Thursday night matchup in Carolina, though he was spotted wearing a sling, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

    The fact that Hayward traveled with the team suggests that he's made progress in his recovery from the shoulder injury he sustained back in Week 6 versus the 49ers. While the veteran cornerback along with A.J. Terrell (hamstring) continue nursing injuries, Darren Hall, Rashad Fenton and Isaiah Oliver are slated for added reps in the team's secondary.

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  • Falcons' Casey Hayward: IR-bound with shoulder injury

    Atlanta placed Hayward (shoulder) on its injured reserve list Tuesday, Tori McElhaney of the team's official site reports.

    Hayward was forced out of Sunday's win versus San Francisco early with a shoulder injury, and he'll now have to miss at least the Falcons' next four games as he recovers. Until the two-time Pro Bowler is ready to return, 2021 fourth-rounder Darren Hall should fill in on the boundaries.

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  • Falcons' Casey Hayward: Exits with injury

    Hayward is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the 49ers with a shoulder injury, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

    Hayward's absence will leave Atlanta's defense significantly under-manned after fellow starting cornerback A.J. Terrell (thigh) also exited against San Francisco. As a result, expect Dee Alford, Mike Ford and Darren Hall to step up into bigger roles in this contest.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 192 lbs
Birthplace: Perry, GA
Age: 34
School: Vanderbilt
Experience: 12