Darrius Heyward-Bay Injury: Raiders WR Leaves Game After Brutal Hit

Oakland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey avoided a concussion, according to doctors.

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Darrius Heyward-Bey Did Not Suffer Concussion

Doctors confirmed Monday morning that Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey avoided a concussion, according to Dan Enright of the Daily Messenger.

Following the Raiders 34-31 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland head coach Dennis Allen originally informed the media that Heyward-Bey had suffered a concussion. But after analyzing him overnight, medical officials are now claiming that Heyward-Bey's injury is specifically in the neck region.

The injury occurred on an end zone pass from quarterback Carson Palmer early in the fourth quarter. Heyward-Bey was pinched between two defenders with the helmet of safety Ryan Mundy knocking him square in the facemask. Heyward-Bey's head hit the ground violently as he came down from the hit and he was knocked unconscious momentarily. No flag was thrown on the play and Heyward-Bey's eyes remained shut for approximately 10 minutes.

Heyward-Bey was able to give the crowd a thumbs up while being carted off the field.

This story was originally published on SBNation.com.

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Darrius Heyward-Bay Injury: Raiders WR Leaves Game After Brutal Hit

Darrius Heyward-Bey took a facemask to the helmet from Ryan Mundy, and looked to go limp immediately as he flew several yards through the air before hitting the turf.

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Medical staff were being very cautious, leaving him on the turf for the better part of ten minutes while they stabilized his neck, and just removed him from the field on a back board. It's too early to speculate on the severity of the injury, though given the cautiousness of the staff it doesn't look good. However, he just gave a thumbs up to the crowd in Oakland, and appears to be moving which is a wonderful sign. Leading up to this point he was having a solid game, catching a touchdown early to keep the game in Oakland's reach.

According to Steve Corkan of the Contra Costa Times, Heyward-Bey was taken to a local hospital via ambulance for examination, and observation.

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