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DHB rejoins teammates

By Steve Corkran
Friday, September 28th, 2012 at 11:36 am in Oakland Raiders.

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is at practice today, though only as a spectator. He is wearing his No. 85 jersey and a baseball cap, while chatting with coaches and teammates.
Heyward-Bey, of course, suffered a concussion and neck strain against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday, when he at the receiving end of a helmet-to-helmet hit by Steelers safety Ryan Mundy early in the fourth quarter.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Heyward-Bey still hasn’t passed the concussion-related tests mandated by the league. Heyward-Bey can’t play in a game or take part in contact at practice until he passes all the tests.
Therefore, there’s no way that Heyward-Bey will play Sunday against the Denver Broncos. For now, it appears as if Derek Hagan is going to get the starting nod opposite Denarius Moore.
Rookies Juron Criner and Rod Streater figure to get plenty of playing time, with no other receivers on the roster. It’s conceivable that the Raiders will sign Travionte Session or Tori Gurley from the practice squad.
However, the Raiders have had only four healthy wide receivers for each of their first three games, so that seems to be a long-shot.

– Right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) are not practicing today. That makes three straight missed practices this week.
So, you can expect Willie Smith to make his second straight start at right tackle and Michael Huff at left cornerback on Sunday.

– Many people seem worried about running back Darren McFadden appearing on the injury report with a bruised shoulder.
Coach Allen and McFadden aren’t among those worried about McFadden’s status for Sunday’s game, even though McFadden is listed as questionable.
McFadden finished the game against the Steelers with the injury, and he figures to hold up just fine against the Broncos.

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  • DJ Johnny

    50.RockyMountainRaider Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 12:59 pm
    How is there “no way” for DHB to play when a couple weeks ago when RoMac had a concussion they tested him on game day? Why cant they do the same with DHB>

    We also have the neck strain issue with DHB as well.

    Maybe that’s it.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    DJ Johnny Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Allen watched with admiration last season as the offensive staff changed the Broncos’ entire offensive approach on the fly to accommodate Tim Tebow, with the end result an AFC West title.

    I’m not saying to change the zbs “Knapp Style” WCO NOW, but IF they wanted to it doesn’t seem like it should be the end of the world and mess everything up IF they did.

    Denver (as noted above) changed “on the fly” and it resulted in an offensive resurgence that got em a division title and a first round playoff win.
    =========================================

    Dungver was in a bit of a quandary last year and really had no choice. Fans wanted to see Teblows, and so they were booing Orton mercilessly. Orton would then fail and the fans would boo all the more. It was a self fulfilling prophecy (pardon the pun). So in an effort to shut the fans up, they sent Teblows out there and revamped the offense. The fans went nuts and the rest is history.

  • Marks hair

    47. I dont know if knapp can go back to back games without 25 passes short of the los. Or all our 3rd down passes short of the sticks.. last week was not your normal knapp attack.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    RockyMountainRaider Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    How is there “no way” for DHB to play when a couple weeks ago when RoMac had a concussion they tested him on game day? Why cant they do the same with DHB>
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    DHB had a much more serious concussion than McClain.

  • YoungAmerican

    Chris Steuber ‏@ChrisSteuber

    I’m told scouts from #Chiefs, #Falcons, #Raiders & #Seahawks will attend #Duke, #WakeForest game on Saturday. #CFB #NFL

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Dakota Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Who ran Fox off from the Raiders again?
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    I think we all know the answer to that.

  • Marks hair

    I guess dhb failed a test.

  • Raider Riff

    RockyMountainRaider Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 12:59 pm
    How is there “no way” for DHB to play when a couple weeks ago when RoMac had a concussion they tested him on game day? Why cant they do the same with DHB>

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    RoMac was obviously only failing his tests slightly whereas were supposed to assume that DHB probably isnt close to passing his tests.

  • YoungAmerican
  • YoungAmerican
  • Dakota

    57.Marks hair Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 1:04 pm
    I guess dhb failed a test.

    +++++++++++

    What did he score on the Wonderlic again? 11?

  • RockyMountainRaider

    How is there “no way” for DHB to play when a couple weeks ago when RoMac had a concussion they tested him on game day? Why cant they do the same with DHB>
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    DHB had a much more serious concussion than McClain.

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    True. But i remember DHB getting KO’d against the Vikes last year and coming back the next week. He got hit in the back of the head that game when his helmet came off.

  • Raiders for life

    Last season when DHB was carted off the field he was able to return to practice the following Wednesday. I think he sits this one out. Probably for the best.

  • RockyMountainRaider

    That hurts alot because usually they use DHB as a decoy for champ bailey and work everybody else on the field. Now bailey will probably lock down Moore and we’ll have to rely on Hagan, Steater, Reece and the TE’S to make plays.

  • theghostronin79

    50.RockyMountainRaider Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 12:59 pm
    How is there “no way” for DHB to play when a couple weeks ago when RoMac had a concussion they tested him on game day? Why cant they do the same with DHB>

    We also have the neck strain issue with DHB as well.

    Maybe that’s it.

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    Romac didn’t get knocked THE FU*K OUT COLD…..Darrius was snoring for a good 20 seconds or more. Now he’s gonna be proned to getting concussions easier and with even less contact. You ever notice a fighter, once he gets his SH*T knocked out legit…..seems like everybody’s knockin’ em out after that? Roy Jones, Chuck Liddell….
    I don’t care how long it takes him to recover. I want him healthy.

  • RockyMountainRaider

    50.RockyMountainRaider Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 12:59 pm
    How is there “no way” for DHB to play when a couple weeks ago when RoMac had a concussion they tested him on game day? Why cant they do the same with DHB>

    We also have the neck strain issue with DHB as well.

    Maybe that’s it.

    =====================

    Romac didn’t get knocked THE FU*K OUT COLD…..Darrius was snoring for a good 20 seconds or more. Now he’s gonna be proned to getting concussions easier and with even less contact. You ever notice a fighter, once he gets his SH*T knocked out legit…..seems like everybody’s knockin’ em out after that? Roy Jones, Chuck Liddell….
    I don’t care how long it takes him to recover. I want him healthy.

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    Speaking of which anybody see that game last night? Josh Cribbs looked like he was dead!

  • Raiders for life

    I should add that DHB is one tough mthr fkr. If he comes back from that hit and keeps playing like he has….then he is a stud. Some WR’s never play the same after sht like that, especially 2 years in a row.

  • oklahomaRaider18

    Heard Rod Streater tweaked his neck in practice….

  • The Big Banana

    In addition to a fine, a player deemed to be on the giving end of an illegal hit directly resulting in injury should be forced to sit out for as long as it takes the victim of said hit to recover. Instead here we are…Mundy gets a slap on the wrist and we lose our starting WR for a game.

  • theghostronin79

    I should add that DHB is one tough mthr fkr. If he comes back from that hit and keeps playing like he has….then he is a stud. Some WR’s never play the same after sht like that, especially 2 years in a row.

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    No doubt man. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make some drops when he comes back to the game, and I wouldn’t fault him for it either. Not to mention his TD catch prior to that. The kid really has been improving.

  • Raider E

    57.Marks hair Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 1:04 pm
    I guess dhb failed a test.

    +++++++++++

    What did he score on the Wonderlic again? 11?

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    Dhb scored a 14 on the wonderlic, but Pryor scored a 7….

  • RockyMountainRaider

    Theghostronin79 Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 1:29 pm
    I should add that DHB is one tough mthr fkr. If he comes back from that hit and keeps playing like he has….then he is a stud. Some WR’s never play the same after sht like that, especially 2 years in a row.

    ———————————————————
    I.E. Johnnie Lee Higgins lol

  • theghostronin79

    Theghostronin79 Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 1:29 pm
    I should add that DHB is one tough mthr fkr. If he comes back from that hit and keeps playing like he has….then he is a stud. Some WR’s never play the same after sht like that, especially 2 years in a row.

    ———————————————————
    I.E. Johnnie Lee Higgins lol

    ….My first thought too

  • oklahomaRaider18

    So if Streater can’t go on Sunday do we sign Sessions&Gurley to the Active Roster????

  • raiderkoolaid

    If they try to single cover Moore with Bailey all day, Bailey will be in for a long game.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    YoungAmerican Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    http://www.cbssports.com/general/blog/rob-rang/19346395/nfl-draft-duke-preview
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    You gotta be……………to be looking at the draft in week 4. Gotta give it to ya. Lol.

  • bigsnow81

    In the case of J.L.H. it had more to do with the QB throwing passes that left the WR out to dry. I remember that hit J.L.H. was stiff.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    “The report of a seven test score is erroneous,” Colbert said. “I administered both tests and I can tell you that his score was significantly higher than that. I informed all teams and scouts interested in him about the score. In scouting, we always go with the higher Wonderlic score.”

    Though Wonderlic scores are considered private, Colbert said he got clearance from the NFL to reveal that Pryor’s score was better than the reported seven.

    It is not uncommon for players to take the test more than once.

    John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    They need to line up Darren Mcfadden at WR.. and Marcel Reece. Creates mismatches.

    Bring in Goodson at Run back.. flex DMAC wide.. do what u gotta do.

    Just win

  • branden.w

    Willis McGahee (ribs) is listed as probable for Week 4 against the Raiders.
    McGahee emerged from the practice week no worse for wear and will be in the starting lineup on Sunday. We expect the Broncos to pummel Oakland’s pass defense in Week 4, and they could potentially lean on the run game down the stretch after putting together an early lead. McGahee is a serviceable RB2 play. Source: Denver Post Sep 28 – 3:05 PM

    Jeez, haven’t even arrived in Denver yet and they are already counting us out even though we’ve won 4 in a row there.

  • oklahomaRaider18

    TE Richard Gordon tweaked his hamstring but was able to finish practice.

  • The Big Banana

    Branden.w Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 1:54 pm
    Willis McGahee (ribs) is listed as probable for Week 4 against the Raiders.
    McGahee emerged from the practice week no worse for wear and will be in the starting lineup on Sunday. We expect the Broncos to pummel Oakland’s pass defense in Week 4, and they could potentially lean on the run game down the stretch after putting together an early lead. McGahee is a serviceable RB2 play. Source: Denver Post Sep 28 – 3:05 PM

    Jeez, haven’t even arrived in Denver yet and they are already counting us out even though we’ve won 4 in a row there.

    —–

    Funny, they think Manning is a deity over there. Not that the Raiders pass defense won’t take its lumps but lol at pummel.

  • Kirk

    Hagan is better than DHB.

  • oklahomaRaider18

    So will the Raiders sign a Veteran Receiver with the possibility of DHB and possibly Rod Streater being out this Sunday…..

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Media is gonna take notice… watch

    Wait till Carter, houston, kelly, seymour, bryant, Shaunnesey start clickin. Ready set go

  • branden.w

    82.The Big Banana Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 2:00 pm
    Branden.w Says:
    September 28th, 2012 at 1:54 pm
    Willis McGahee (ribs) is listed as probable for Week 4 against the Raiders.
    McGahee emerged from the practice week no worse for wear and will be in the starting lineup on Sunday. We expect the Broncos to pummel Oakland’s pass defense in Week 4, and they could potentially lean on the run game down the stretch after putting together an early lead. McGahee is a serviceable RB2 play. Source: Denver Post Sep 28 – 3:05 PM

    Jeez, haven’t even arrived in Denver yet and they are already counting us out even though we’ve won 4 in a row there.

    —–

    Funny, they think Manning is a deity over there. Not that the Raiders pass defense won’t take its lumps but lol at pummel.
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    How right you are:
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  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Send burris on a blitz too.. send everyone… .

    However can we stop rusing on the outside.. it always frees up and open lane up the middle for the QB to take off.

    Start send some pressure up the middle. Clog those lanes

  • MiamiRaider78

    What’s good Raider fam!?!

    Only two more days till the Donkey beat down.

    Hee haw, hee haw…

  • Raiderjambo

    Wonderlic – smurfderlic who cares? I just like the fact that DHB at least shows some mental toughness, is out there with his teammates, and isn’t “tweaking” it every week, some other RAIDERS could learn from his example. As far as this Sunday, yet again THE RAIDERS win another squeaker 30-27, with our boy Jano providing the honors!

  • tonedeezy

    Not sure we need to worry about Manning taking off up the middle. We probably would love for him to do that.

  • Raidernationdave

    Tough as frikin nails! Atta boy DHB!