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Darrius Heyward-Bey officially ruled out for Sunday

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Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey said this week that he is eager to get back on the field after being carted off the field in Oakland last Sunday, but he will have to cool his jets a little bit longer.

The Raiders announced Saturday afternoon that they downgraded Heyward-Bey from doubtful to out for the game against the Broncos. This isn’t a particularly surprising turn of events. Heyward-Bey had to spend a night in the hospital after taking a shot to the head from Steelers safety Ryan Mundy and he didn’t practice all week because of the concussion and neck injury he suffered on the play.

The Raiders will be on their bye in Week Five, which means that Heyward-Bey will have two full weeks to recover before the Raiders face the Falcons on Oct. 14. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp hinted this week that Derek Hagan will start in Heyward-Bey’s place ahead of rookies Rod Streater and Juron Criner.

“Derek has really taken to the offense pretty well — Hagan. This week, the last two days, we’ve had very good practices with the young guys (Streater and fellow rookie Juron Criner), but they are still young guys and I hate to put the burden on a rookie receiver if we don’t have to,” Knapp said, via the Sacramento Bee. “You’ll probably see a rotation with all four of them playing some sort. I’ve been very impressed with Derek and how quickly he’s learned the offense.”

The Raiders also ruled tight end Richard Gordon out for the game.

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9 Responses to “Darrius Heyward-Bey officially ruled out for Sunday”
  1. scytherius says: Sep 29, 2012 6:37 PM

    Good. Give the young man time to heal.

  2. spellingcopfather says: Sep 29, 2012 6:54 PM

    I thought Criner was going to be a star, maybe he will come along with time!!!

  3. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Sep 29, 2012 7:10 PM

    Hope Bey gets well quick. Having a never was off the street Hagen starting doesn’t bode well in beating Denver……To bad the OC Knapp wasn’t ruled out for Sunday’s game……The future is with Streater & Criner. Streater should be starting along with D. Moore….

  4. denverdave3 says: Sep 29, 2012 7:24 PM

    He reminds me of Knowshan Moreno of the Broncs. Early orst round picks who never lived up to their potential

  5. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Sep 29, 2012 7:30 PM

    That’ll teach him to not try to play the hero against the Steelers. LOL

  6. freshchorizo says: Sep 29, 2012 9:45 PM

    ratbastardshanahandjob says:Sep 29, 2012 7:10 PM

    Hope Bey gets well quick. Having a never was off the street Hagen starting doesn’t bode well in beating Denver……To bad the OC Knapp wasn’t ruled out for Sunday’s game……The future is with Streater & Criner. Streater should be starting along with D. Moore….
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    Really dude? Did you not watch the Steelers game where Hagen was nothing but clutch in the final drive? I agree that Moore, Streater and Criner are the future, but they are young and we need a veteran who can step up when it counts.

  7. milehigh85 says: Sep 29, 2012 10:20 PM

    So DHB gets carted off the field, spends a night in the hospital and will miss a game this week. Mundy gets a slap on the wrist fine. Meanwhile Joe Mays takes Schaub out for (brace yourself) one damn play and he gets suspended. I don’t side with Raider nation often but… C’mon! Mundy ought to be out for 2 weeks at the least!! BTW I can’t wait for this game yall… Oakland v. Denver, doesn’t get any tougher than that. Always a helluva game no matter who wins.

  8. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:39 AM

    There was NOTHING wrong with Mundy’s hit. Check the replay. Watch it again. It was DHB’s awkward, headfirst landing to the ground that caused injury…
    There are way too many bleeding-hearted Roger Goodells out there in TV Land. If REAL football turns your stomach, better watch tennis…
    Oakland vs. Denver: An AFC West pillowfight. Yawn…

  9. joetoronto says: Sep 30, 2012 5:49 AM

    “The Raiders will be on their bye in Week Five, which means that Heyward-Bey will have two full weeks to recover before the Raiders face the Falcons on Oct. 14.”

    This will actually make it 3 weeks from day of the injury to the next game played, not 2.

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