Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen says he's "hopeful" the Raiders will have Darrius Hayward-Bey back for the trip to Atlanta, according to NFL network. The good news here is Heyward-Bey continues to improve after being carted off the field, and taken to the hospital after a unflagged, helmet to helmet hit Sept. 23rd in the Oakland Raiders victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Oddly enough "the player safety first NFL" seemed to be more concerned with the questionable calls that dropped their beloved Green Bay Packers to 1-2 than the fact Ryan Munday had been allowed to run a muck unflagged during the Sept. 23rd contest, ultimately resulting in the injury, and hospitalization of Hayward-Bey.
Hayward-Bey himself has no recollection of the incident, telling the associated press on Friday, " I don't remember any of it". D.H.B. continued to say, " So far I can walk, talk, and eat. Right now I'm just trying to go through the process to get everything right. I'm in tune to what's going on."
As of yet D.H.B. has not started running, nor has he passed the concussion testing required to return to the field, but has continued to improve enough over the last several days to give Coach Allen hope that he will be on the field when the Oakland Raiders take on the Falcons Oct. 14th in Atlanta. Whether or not he is able to go in time for the Falcons game it is good news to hear he is making progress, and that he is looking forward to returning to the Raiders soon.