Darrius Heyward-Bey isn't hurt; he's just tired

It was only two months ago that the Raiders, emboldened by a strong minicamp season from Darrius Heyward-Bey, randomly sent out a press release comparing DHB to the all-time Raiders greats at wideout, daring critics to question him.

The hype quickly died down when pads came on at training camp.

Heyward-Bey didn’t have a catch in his preseason debut, but he did have a drop.  Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune notes that Heyward-Bey has disappeared for long stretches on the practice field.

Lately, Heyward-Bey’s disappearance has been literal.  The second-year isn’t injured, but he’s missed at least four straight practices with “fatigue.”  Raiders coach Tom Cable says Heyward-Bey worked too hard this offseason and his legs are tired. 

“I feel bad for the other guys out there and me missing,” Heyward-Bey said.  “But we’re working hard out there, so it takes a toll.”

We can hear the excuse making in Raider Nation: you can’t kill a guy for working too hard!

We’ll just point to the fact that Heyward-Bey is the only young receiver in the league to take days off simply for fatigue in this year or any other.

75 responses to “Darrius Heyward-Bey isn't hurt; he's just tired

  1. When you have hands of stone they’re not made out of pumice, they’re granite; and granite isn’t light.

  2. What a bust. First it was JaMarcus and now DHB. The raiders have drafted terribly in the last decade and it’s not getting any better.
    Al Davis is a great football mind but it’s time he let go and let someone else run the team instead of treating it like his real-life Fantasy Football team.

  3. You still think he had a drop?????
    Over a week later you haven’t had a chance to watch the game but are still reporting on it?

  4. If he thinks it’s bad he’s doing it now, wait until he’s an 8-10 year pro….oh wait, he probably won’t be playing then.

  5. Oh come on, don’t pile on DHB. Anybody who knows Raider history remembers when Tim Brown and Fred Biletnikoff had to take time off from practice because they were too tired. You just don’t understand the Raiders. It takes a lot more effort to drop a pass than it does to catch a pass. You would be tired too. At least do some research before you post this stuff.

  6. It’s a shame we have to sit & watch these F-ing crybabies, making millions complain. Football is starting to make me sick, everyday another a-hole is complaining, Fat Albert, Jared Gathier, Bey, etc…. give us a break you only practice a couple hours a day. My old high sch. wrestling practice was harder than what theses guys go through.

  7. Yeah, his only problem is “fatigue.” Which is why he shows up with tape going from below his knee to nearly his hip. Not to mention that “drop” was nearly picked off before it got to DHB.
    Typical Rosenthall Slime..

  8. “Heyward-Bey didn’t have a catch in his preseason debut, but he did have a drop.”
    *********************************************************
    Jesus, the CB knocked it down, watch the friggin play before you comment.
    The kid worked himself a little too hard in the off season, he’ll learn. Hey, better than not working hard enough.

  9. Jeez!
    On the other end of the Al Davis draft-spectrum is Jamarcus Russell who only got winded sprinting to the Sub-Zero side-by-side.

  10. I would get tired of bending over to pick up all the balls bouncing off his rock hands….he probabaly has a tired back
    and this is coming from a Raiders fan

  11. “Raiders coach Tom Cable says Heyward-Bey worked too hard this offseason and his legs are tired. ”
    In other news, DHB will test positive for HcG soon, due to overtrained athlete syndrome!

  12. Rosenthal, are you ignorant? Seriously, people need to know these things so they don’t take you too seriously.
    Please explain to me how Heyward-Bey has a drop on the same play that Terrance Newman was credited with a pass defense?
    To those of us who don’t have our heads up our asses it’s pretty easy to see that DHB is nursing an injury. The Raiders, in typical fashion, don’t feel they need to explain it to the media.
    But please go ahead and make blanket claims about no WR ever taking days off due to fatigue. I’m sure you know exactly when every player takes a day off for fatigue. It only helps to answer my first question about your ignorance.

  13. As a Raiders fan I have to sound off on this….THIS IS BS! Al please stop with the press releases, memorandums, and ridiculous press conferences you are EMBARASSING US! If we aren’t lifting a trophy or announcing your retirement from the operation of the org. please STFU! and DHB get back on the field and spend extra time w/ Campbell because your play is not deserving of breaks from practice. Greatness leaves clues follow Tim Brown and Jerry Rice please. Last thing, Tom Cable please stop going easy on these guys dipsh*t and make them work! I’m tired of the incompetence that is the Oakland Raiders…….smh.

  14. Junior,
    Heyward-Bey is paid to run for a living. Seriously, are we to think that no one else on the Raiders is tired? They are running. Some guys with 100-150 extra lbs. You can make all the excuses you want, but he needs to not be tired.
    This is coming from a Falcons fan. I understand denial.

  15. maybe jalardass left him a big supply of purple drank! i hear that its users eventually become lazy pieces of excrement.

  16. In the article Cable says “He is fatigued. We wrap him up, we keep him out of things.’’ If he is just fatigued why wrap him up? So this is actually a case of the Raiders not telling the whole truth, DHB probably has a pulled hamstring or small injury but they don’t want to say they have another injured player (DMC, Chaz, Murphy).

  17. another funny thing is the raider fans defending him for not having a drop, that is was a good pass defense. raider fans should be a little more concerned that he had a grand total of ONE ball thrown in his direction.

  18. maybe he should stop partying… i seriously never heard this from a pro athlete that gets paid to run. I can see this from a lame ass baseball player, but come on man.. this is football..

  19. DHB is just another one of the many Dead Als’ busts. Really quite pathetic but idiots like Aldavisisafakegodretard will try and tell us this is not dead Al’s fault !

  20. Oh now the problem is he only had one chance and it got defended. He should have been open on every play. Must be a slacker.
    He is clearly injured. The Patriots lie about injuries all the time and since an injury report isn’t issued they have no need to let it be known. Like was said, his leg is wrapped from knee to nuts.
    I’ve never defended the pick of Heyward-Bey at that spot but I do think he’s a talented kid that can be a solid contributer. He’s worked his ass off and wants to get better. That should be someone we celebrate and make sure we know the circumstances before we make fun of them.

  21. Nice twist Darrius – a former Maryland Terrapin’s interpretation of the tortoise and the hare.
    You have a decent QB this year, pal. So get rested, this could be your make or break year.

  22. “Rosenthal, are you ignorant? Seriously, people need to know these things so they don’t take you too seriously. ”
    In Rosenthal defense, Cable said DHB was fatigued and Rosenthal just repeated.
    Rosenthal is a dickhead though…

  23. Once again, maybe you want to actually watch tape of the first preseason game where he was thrown to twice, but it was defended well, and the only guy who dropped he passwas the DB. He should have interecepted it.
    I like to criticize the guy as much as the next guy, but honesty and integrity (look it up) dictates me to say the truth, it was not a drop by DHB.
    Do you think that if you say it enough that it will become true? It isn’t working for the “Summer of Recovery” theme of the gov’t, hat makes you think you can brain wash us on this one?

  24. I’m a full-blown Raiders fan and I’d like to declare right now that I’m not a fan of DHB and not happy with this news at all. I won’t make excuses for the man like most of you seem to think ALL of us Raider fans will do. I heard positive things about the guy in the offseason and I believed it because what else have we got to go on? But this pretty much confirms that it was all talk. Hopefully Chaz will improve and stay healthy and I expect a pretty decent season out of Louis Murphy…and of course Zach Miller will be there as the proverbial safety valve. If DHB doesn’t man-up RIGHT NOW, then Oakland should swallow Al Davis’ pride and cut him loose after this season and not prolong this like they did with JR. I still firmly believe this team will be much improved and, if LOTS of things go their way, could possibly contend for their weak division or maybe at least be in the wild-card discussion at the end of the year. DHB will not be the reason for any of this though. Everybody knows the Raiders will SOMEDAY return to glory, which you all can (begrudgingly) admit is great for the NFL. I think this season can be the start of that, but it’s going to be a long way to go. But for better or worse, the Raiders are still my team and I’ll be there when they finally get it turned around, just as I’ve been there for these last seven shit-sandwich seasons. In my opinion, they’ll still finish better than Denver and K.C. That’s not blind loyalty, that’s just an opinion from a guy who’s watched football all his life and isn’t exactly a dummy. Only time will tell though. Go Raiders!

  25. Get your facts straight Gloryhole and Co. Watch some film. He did NOT have a drop! I would expect nothing less from a website that gets its info from TMZ.

  26. Ok PFT keep your raider bashing going.. We Will see what happens again this year when raiders destroy your steelers..again

  27. So Cable claims Darrius Heyward-Bey overworked.
    Does this mean that he also tested positive for pregnant woman’s urine???
    Oh wait!!! Cushing’s a moron!!! If you “over work” learn one thing from Heyward-Bey, sit down and shut up!!!

  28. Florio set up the waiders fans for a roast on this write up!!LOL!!
    I remember the good ol’ days when players sat out cuz they were injured!! LOL!!
    Typical…

  29. Naw! I believe Tom Cable that he’s overworked.
    Soon he’ll test positive for pregnant woman’s urine. Remember, Mr. Cushing????

  30. Maybe he caught a case of lethargy addiction from one of JaMarcus Russell’s old jocks?

  31. Rosenthal, you are the biggest douche. Watch the tape ass and you’ll see it was a drop. I’ve been a Raider fan since birth, was not, nor am a fan of DHB (should have taken Crabtree), but quit hating on the Raiders and report objectively. It’s tools like you who’ve probably never played anything (except with yourselves) that become writers…

  32. So basically no chance of him testing positive for steroids due to working out so much. Thats good to know. 🙂

  33. The Brokeland Faiders are going to get smashed by the 5-time undefeated superbowl champs when they come to candlestick. Better lace up your nike cortezes and have your mamma pack you a lunch because its going to be a long Bart ride home….DHB didn’t drop that pass, but don’t worry he is going to drop plenty this season.

  34. Maltese Raider says:
    “Yeah, his only problem is “fatigue.” Which is why he shows up with tape going from below his knee to nearly his hip.”
    He should put the tape on his hands. Perhaps that’ll help bring his catch total up to a dozen this year.

  35. Nogard and then you woke up. We had the best draft in the NFL this year. Go back to sleep now..

  36. Sounds like he is a prime candidate for that overtrained athlete syndrome.
    This is going to be a LONG season for him if he is ALL READY tired though.

  37. The Muckman is right on point ! It is the idiots like aldavisisaretard who can’t figure it out. If DHB mans up, cool ! If not, cut his butt and no regrets !!

  38. joetoronto says:
    August 20, 2010 11:08 AM
    “Heyward-Bey didn’t have a catch in his preseason debut, but he did have a drop.”
    ******************** ******************** *****************
    Jesus, the CB knocked it down, watch the friggin play before you comment.
    The kid worked himself a little too hard in the off season, he’ll learn. Hey, better than not working hard enough.
    ******************************************
    Nice to see you’re polishing up on your excuses early there Jojo! You”ll get plenty of chances this year again!!

  39. Windex666 – You know what they say about people in glass houses. The 49ers are in worst shape then the RAIDERS currently. Did you not watch your preseason game. Let me recap it for you
    Opening drive first play fumble!
    Secend drive picked off – by that great QB you have there right!
    Smith had a passer rating of just over 9 yes 9.
    Lets not even talk about the players that have left during camp because there coach can’t keep his pants up!
    Maybe you should go back to moms basment and play some W.O.W.

  40. At least he’s not falling over, vomiting and crying himself to sleep at night like that WR for the purple pansies.

  41. Windex666- I cant wait to smear your lip gloss in your own stadium. Winers going down…

  42. Let’s get this straight: the DB hit the ball BUT it hit DHB IN THE HANDS and he should have caught it. SEVERAL sources, not just this site, have stated that he DROPPED the pass and having watched the game, I saw him DROP the pass.

  43. @ raidertg says: August 20, 2010 2:37 PM
    Windex666 – You know what they say about people in glass houses. The 49ers are in worst shape then the RAIDERS currently. Did you not watch your preseason game. Let me recap it for you
    Opening drive first play fumble!
    Secend drive picked off – by that great QB you have there right!
    Smith had a passer rating of just over 9 yes 9.
    Lets not even talk about the players that have left during camp because there coach can’t keep his pants up!
    Maybe you should go back to moms basment and play some W.O.W.
    ____________________________________
    Obviously you’re the typical clueless Raider fan.
    a) Fumble was by the FOURTH string running back
    b) the play was a 3rd and long, ball bounced off of the 2nd string TEs hands, and was scooped up by the DB
    c) His passer rating was actually 7.something, not 9. There were several dropped passes by backup players.
    The Raiders will be improved this year, simply due to the fact that they don’t have a 400lb bum at QB, but they’ll still win less than 8 games this year.

  44. Ummmm…. Don’t you know by now coaches lie?
    His “Fatigue” is really a hammy injury.
    He’s been seen in camp with his leg fully wrapped. I actually wish he was just taking a break instead of recovering from an injury.

  45. Tango you retarded inbred hillbilly moron: As usual every time you flap your hole you show your ignornace, stupidity and lack of education. How DHB or anyone else does is not God’s (AKA Al Davis’) fault. God (AKA Al Davis) drafts players based on how they performed in college, the combine and various tests. Many players from many colleges have done well in college but for one reason or another don’t pan out in the NFL. Ask anyone who’s not a fat retarded pig like you and they’ll tell you the draft is a crapshoot. Over the years every team has drafted a player they thought was going to be special and for whatever reason didn’t live up to the hype or expectations. That’s not the fault of the person making the selections.
    When you have something intelligent to say come back. English translation: the world will never hear from you again you POS.

  46. Raider Nation: Exactly as I predicted Tango the fat, ignorant, retarded fool hasn’t been heard from once I shut him. Bandwagon losers like him have no place in the Nation or the Black Hole. Let’s keep it together this season; we’re all looking for our Raiders to rebound and take their rightful place at the top of the NFL.

  47. Aldavisisanidiotretard. Been out of town. You can’t shut me up because your are redudant and have nothing to say ! Dead Al is a joke and your a bigger one for buying into what deadAl may have done 30+ years ago. He is a joke in the Raider nation and in the NFL and has been for a loooong time !

  48. Tango you overstuffed pig, retarded moron: Finally got someone to roll you over to the computer, huh? Must have taken a tow truck you fat slob. As usual you braindead idiot you got it backwards. You’re the one who never has anything to say, repeats what I say and never responds to any of the questions I ask. Me and the the REAL Raider Nation know how much of a useless pile of crap you are and ignore your stupid, useless comments. As usual, cow, you got nothing, you are nothing!

  49. Aldavisiamuslimfagidiot. A real Raider guy ? Blogging from central time zone !! I am at every game cheering on the boys and booing dead Al like just abour every other fan at the Coliseum. Dead Al is old news.Has been for years. Get original and mix up the adjectives. Very predictable and boring at this point. Go Raiders !

  50. aldavisisalmostdeadfinally. Very curious why no one ever agrees with you or comes to your defense? Take a hint you pathetic, retarded, moron,fat slob, braindead idiot,useless pile of crap, stupid useless cow. Have a nice day !!

  51. Tango you fat, retarded, useless, idiotic pile of crap: Still got nothing other than the totally original “I know you are, but what am I defence”? I know you spell like a first grader but do you have to act like one too? You’re even more pathetic than I thought. And that’s saying something you overstuffed hog, idiot POS.

  52. Ao Mr. Aldavisisabutscrewingmidwesterner, where are all your buddies backing you up ? The facts are clear, Dead al is a loser, old news and the only sucess he has is when he occassional gets to move without a walker. The real Raider fans said good bye to Dead Al Yeaaaaaaars ago ! Time for you to do the same.

  53. Tango you retarded, inbred, dog screwin, drooling, window licking idiot: Still haven’t learned to use the spellcheck, huh? What exactly is “Ao”? I know you won’t answer because you’re such a pathetic pussy you don’t like it when I point out how stupid you really are. Get used to it, fool. The only clear facts are that you’re the loser who keeps putting money in God’s (AKA Al Davis’) pocket when you cram your fat ass into those four seats at the coliseum. God (AKA Al Davis) and I thank you for your contribution to the cause.

  54. Tango you fat, idiotic, moronic, heifer pile of pig crap: Too stupid to use big words or long sentences, I see. More proof of exactly how stupid a window licker you really are. Talk about boring posts. You’re such a pathetic POS. As usual hog: You got nothing, you are nothing.

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