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Darrius Heyward-Bey is back home after concussion, neck strain

September 24, 2012|By Chuck Schilken
  • Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey holds up his fist to acknowledge the fans as he's carted off the field after sustaining a concussion and strained neck.
Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey holds up his fist to acknowledge… (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty…)

Oakland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has been released from the hospital the day after sustaining a concussion and neck strain from a helmet-to-helmet hit during the Raiders' 34-31 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team said Monday.

Heyward-Bey, who spent the night in the hospital under observation, is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Raiders.

The receiver was running across the end zone during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game when Steelers safety Ryan Mundy lowered his helmet and launched into Heyward-Bey's facemask.

The fourth-year player lost consciousness as his neck jerked back violently and his head crashed into the ground.

Heyward-Bey remained motionless for about 10 minutes as he was tended to by medical personnel and the training staff but raised his arm to the home crowd as he was carted off the field.

The officials -- a replacement crew working because the league has locked out the regular referees -- did not call a penalty on the play.

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