Darrius Heyward-Bey Cleared to Fly Home With Raiders

No matter the outcome of a game of football played on a Sunday there are those moments when we’re all reminded that it is just a game. Darrius Heyward-Bey had one of those moments today in Minnesota when the back of his head collided with the knee of a Vikings’ defender early in the fourth quarter.

So violent was the collision that DHB’s helmet went flying and he had to be carted off the field after being stabilized. As bad as the aftermath appeared, Heyward-Bey was able to move his limbs and underwent a series of tests that all yielded negative results. He will fly home with his teammates tonight.

This is encouraging news. If we were talking about a serious neck injury then there is no way he’d be allowed to fly home on the same day as the injury.

Still, DHB is reported to be wearing a neck brace which is hopefully just a precautionary measure for the time being.

As much as I’d like to see him back on the field next week against the Bears, I’m more hopeful that he’ll be in good health. After all, this is just a game. A game that can be both a blessing and a curse for those involved. No matter how much cash DHB has made playing, none of it is worth a lifetime of discomfort.

Here’s hoping Darrius will be in good health for a long time well beyond his playing years.

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