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Darrius Heyward-Bey Out Of The Hospital

Posted on September 27, 2012

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey probably doesn’t remember what hit him on Sunday. He will probably never know who caused his misfortune. Was it the opposing team or the replacement officials?

Heyward-Bey is no longer in the hospital following the brutal hit he took during Sunday’s game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the team.

English: Darrius Heyward-Bey, a player on the ...

English: Darrius Heyward-Bey, a player on the Oakland Raiders American football team. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Heyward-Bey appeared to be knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet hit delivered by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy, laying motionless for several minutes after the collision.

With the Raiders trying to mount a rally against the Steelers in the fourth quarter, Heyward-Bey stretched out to try and make a catch in the end zone, but was sandwiched between two Pittsburgh defenders. After absorbing the jarring hit from Mundy, Heyward-Bey seemed to be out cold before even hitting the ground.

In a flagrant disregard for the safety of the players, no flag was thrown on the play by the replacement officials.

After trainers attended to Heyward-Bey and put him on a stretcher, he acknowledged the crowd with a thumbs up while getting carted off the field in Oakland. Heyward-Bey was taken to a local hospital for examination and observation.

The Raiders eventually would rally past the visiting Steelers to win 34-31.

Much like Golden Tate’s illegal and vicious block on Dallas linebacker Sean Lee in Week 2, the frightening hit left many speculating on Twitter that the replacement officials were endangering the health of players.

But the issue remains. Are the replacement officials putting professional football players at risk with their lack of experience? Instead of having control of the game, these replacement officials have made bad calls, delayed plays and even caused the wrong team to win.

Because of the incompetence of these replacement officials, the New Orleans Saints lost on Sunday even though they should have won the game. Talk about negligence.

Let’s see what happens tonight. Maybe the real officials will come back and make football more fun and a little more safer.

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