According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is in stable condition in a Bay Area hospital. Heyward-Bey suffered a neck injury on Sunday during the Raiders game against the Steelers.
Doctors don’t believe Heyward-Bey suffered a concussion however, he will undergo further tests on his neck on Monday to determine the full extent of the damaged.
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, who remained on the field with Heyward-Bey said “He was able to talk a little bit. He was able to move his extremities so that was a good sign.”
The injury occurred late in the game on a first-and-10 from the 16-yard line, quarterback Carson Palmer attempted to hit Heyward-Bey on a post pattern, but the wide receiver took a helmet-to-facemask hit from Steelers cornerback Ryan Mundy.
Mundy told sources …”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.”
He added…”I just said a prayer for him. I hope he was OK.”
Mundy is expected to be fined $21,000.00 by the NFL.
The Steelers picked up their second season loss…Oakland’s won the game with a final score of 34-31
UPDATE: Dr. Greg Stewart, Tulane Universities Director of Sports Medicine said earlier today that the extent of Tulane safety Devon Walker’s spinal injury and the long term implications are not clear.