One of the day’s scarier scenes was the one that saw Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey carted off the field after a blow to the head from Steelers safety Ryan Mundy.
We’ve covered the particulars of the hit earlier on Sunday. Now we’re passing along an update about Heyward-Bey’s condition. The Raiders have passed along word that Heyward-Bey is in stable condition at a hospital in the Oakland area. He will spend the night there and we’ll keep an eye out for an update on his exact condition, which isn’t known as yet, on Monday.
“I didn’t go in there trying to hit him with my helmet. Things like that happen so fast. He may have come down to the level of my helmet. I have to see the replay, I don’t know,” Mundy said, via Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group. “Unfortunately, things like that do happen. From my standpoint, they’re never intentional.”
Heyward-Bey wasn’t the only Raider to suffer an injury after a hit from Mundy. Tight end Brandon Myers wound up concussed after catching a key 24-yard pass late in the fourth quarter when he was hit in the head by Mundy. There was no penalty missed on the hit, which came as Myers was lurching forward to try for more yards, but Myers was still knocked out of the game.
Mundy and the Steelers should have been penalized for that first hit, intentional or not. We imagine he’ll be getting a FedEx from the league informing him of a fine this week.