Darrius Heyward-Bey: “I’m very eager to get back”

AP

Despite having to be stretchered off the field and hospitalized on Sunday, Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has no hesitation about wanting to get back on the field as soon as possible.

Always; I want to play football,” Heyward-Bey told the Contra Costa Times. “This is what I do for a living. So, definitely, I’m very eager to get back.”

So how soon is it possible? He’s listed as doubtful for Sunday and almost certainly won’t play against the Broncos, and after that the Raiders have their bye, so it will be at least two weeks before he’s back on the field. But from all indications the Raiders are optimistic that he could play when the Raiders return from their bye and play the Falcons in Week Six.

Heyward-Bey said his feeling is, the sooner the better. And he doesn’t feel any ill will toward Steelers safety Ryan Mundy for hitting him, either.

“That’s just football,” Heyward-Bey said. “I signed up to put on pads and go out there. That’s what happens out there. People get hit, people get hurt. It happens.”

Heyward-Bey said he and Mundy exchanged texts and there are no hard feelings.

“I told him, ‘Hey, it’s football,’” Heyward-Bey said.

And playing football is what Heyward-Bey wants to do, as soon as possible.