Raiders' Heyward-Bey released from hospital

Darrius Heyward-Bey (85) of the Oakland Raiders is taken off the field on a strecher after getting hit hard in their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's game. He was released from the hospital Monday with a concussion and neck strain.

Darrius Heyward-Bey (85) of the Oakland Raiders is taken off the field on a strecher after getting hit hard in their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's game. He was released from the hospital Monday with a concussion and neck strain.

Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was released from Eden Medical Center on Monday with a concussion and a neck strain after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit in the end zone from Pittsburgh defensive back Ryan Mundy.

After Heyward-Bey was hit, he then fell to the ground, essentially taking a second blow to the head. He was on the ground for several minutes before being strapped to a stretcher, driven off on a cart and then being sent to the hospital.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen declined to address the legality of the hit, and even seemed to sympathize with defender Ryan Mundy, realizing it could have easily happened to one of his own defenders.

“It’s the game of football. I don’t think people are trying to go out there and hurt people,” Allen said. “The safety was playing the game fast and physical. It’s a tough game to play when you’re making split-second decisions on how you play the game. It’s the unfortunate things that happen in this game but we move on from it.”

There was no word on how long Heyward-Bey would be out, but it would seem clear from the severity of the blow he would miss this week’s game in Denver against the Broncos.

The Raiders have a Week 5 bye before resuming the regular season in Week 6 against Atlanta.

“The concussion is obviously the bigger issue than anything else right now,” Allen said. “He’s a guy that we’re going to have to continue to evaluate and see where he’s at. We were all pleased to see that it wasn’t anything severe as far as neck injury or anything like that.”

Already out for the season and on injured reserve is Jacoby Ford, meaning the Raiders are without two wide receivers counted upon to be playmakers this season. Allen wouldn’t rule out the possibility of bringing in another wide receiver, and said he and general manager Reggie McKenzie would be discussing their options.

After Heyward-Bey left the game, the Raiders used Denarius Moore, rookie Rod Streater and Derek Hagan. Rookie Juron Criner is on the roster, but has been inactive the past two games.

Darrius Heyward-BeyNFLOaklandOakland Raiders & NFLRaiders

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Second grader Genesis Ulloa leads students in an after-school community hub in a game at the Mission YMCA on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF parents face school year with hope, trepidation and concern

‘Honestly, I don’t know how I’m going to deal with it’

Health care workers in the intensive care unit at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, with Alejandro Balderas, a 44-year-old patient who later died. Even in California, a state with a coronavirus vaccination rate well above average, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has nearly doubled in the past two weeks, according to a New York Times database. (Isadora Kosofsky/The New York Times)
Why COVID took off in California, again

‘The good news is: The vaccines are working’

Lake Oroville stood at 33 percent full and 40 percent of historical average when this photograph was taken on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Tribune News Service)
A kayaker on the water at Lake Oroville, which stands at 33 percent full and 40 percent of historical average when this photograph was taken on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Oroville, Calif. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Tribune News Service)
Facing ‘dire water shortages,’ California bans Delta pumping

By Rachel Becker CalMatters In an aggressive move to address “immediate and… Continue reading

Most Read