One of the brighter spots in the LA Chargers’ recent resurgence has been CB Casey Hayward. Hayward was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2012 and joined the Chargers in 2016. Hayward has been an indispensable member of the defense ever since.
WMAZ-TV reported today that Hayward’s brother, Jecaives Hayward, died in a crash on I-75 late Monday night. Jecaives was a passenger in a Toyota Camry as it hit the back of a tractor-trailer. He died on the scene. The car’s driver and another passenger sustained injuries, but are in stable condition at a local hospital.
This absolutely tragic event understandably has Casey Hayward heading home to be with his family. Many friends and teammates have been wishing him and his family the best as they endure this terrible situation.
Casey Hayward is home with his family right now - Anthony Lynn said he told Hayward to take as much time as he needs— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) November 29, 2017
There is, nor could be, a reasonable timetable for Hayward’s return to practice or the field of play. It is quite possible that he will be out for Sunday’s game against the Browns. If he is absent, his presence will certainly be missed.
In 2016, Hayward was named to his first Pro Bowl. He finished first in the league with seven interceptions and second in the league with 20 passes defensed. He was also ranked 64th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.
This year, Hayward has 30 tackles and 4 interceptions credited to him. 3 of those interceptions have come in the last two weeks.
We sincerely wish the best for Casey and his family during this time of grief.
#Chargers CB Trevor Williams said fellow CB Casey Hayward, whose younger brother died in a car accident, told him that he plans to return Friday and play in Sunday's game vs. #Browns.— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) November 29, 2017
-Jason “No catchy caption for this” Michaels