Houston DB D.J. Hayden suffers 'freak accident,' remains hospitalized

Bob Levey

The senior cornerback remains hospitalized after a collision in practice on Tuesday.

Houston Cougars starting cornerback D.J. Hayden suffered a "freak accident" during Tuesday night's practice, which required the senior to be taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

According to coach Tony Levine, Hayden was involved in a collision with another player when the two broke on the ball in the air and collided. Levine said many of the players on the team were not aware of the injury until after practice.

The school was expected to provide an update on Hayden's status, but as of Wednesday evening, the only information available was that the cornerback remained hospitalized with his injuries. Several players took to Twitter on Tuesday evening and Wednesday, expressing their concern for their teammate and indicating his injuries might be severe.

Hayden leads Conference USA with four interceptions and returned interceptions for touchdowns two weeks in a row against SMU and UTEP. He was named the Conference USA defensive player of the week on Oct. 29.

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