Lester Hayes' comeback with the Raiders has pulled up a little short. He didn't play last week and he's just learned he won't go against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
So Hayes has announced his own plans:
He's seceding from the Raiders.
"I'm history," he said Tuesday. "You won't see me on the sideline Sunday. I'm not going to El Segundo any more. It's my destiny to get on my horse and ride east.
"I want to challenge Jerry Holmes for his job with the New York Jets in 1988. As you know, the Jets are a zone team, which calls for the cornerback to force the run. There is so much talk than I don't force the run. I don't agree with that."
Not that the Raiders were expected to ask Hayes back, but it's not that simple. He's still under contract, and can't go to New York or anywhere else unless they trade him or waive him.