Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward returns home to Georgia after brother’s death
By Jack Wang
COSTA MESA — Following the death of his younger brother, Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward has left the team to be with his family in Georgia.
JeCavesia Hayward died in a traffic collision late Monday night on I-75, roughly 90 miles south of Atlanta. According to the Macon Telegraph, the 27-year-old was one of three passengers in a car that hit a tractor-trailer pulled over in the emergency lane. He was thrown from the vehicle, and later pronounced dead at the scene.
Casey Hayward, 28, could join his team in time for Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. kickoff against the winless Browns. Still, the Chargers (5-6) are giving their Pro Bowl cornerback all the time he needs with his family in Georgia.
“If Casey makes it back and plays, that’s great,” Coach Anthony Lynn said. “If he doesn’t, we’ll certainly understand. … Sometimes you get home, and things change. He may have more on his plate than what he thinks.
“I just told him, ‘Go take care of business at home, and we’ll take care of this.’”
If Hayward doesn’t play, the Chargers will likely turn to undrafted rookie Michael Davis. The BYU product has played mostly on special teams, but registered his first career pass breakup in a Week 11 victory over the Bills.
Hayward told fellow cornerback Trevor Williams that he intends to travel back to Southern California on Friday. Williams, who trained with Hayward this past offseason in Atlanta, said his teammate was “holding up well.”
“Just had a regular conversation with him, and you wouldn’t have even thought that anything happened,” Williams said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family. It’s just so final, so you try to text all your loved ones and friends, let them let them know how much you care for them, love them and appreciate them. Live life […]