Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who had to be carted off the field after taking a blow to the head in the game against Pittsburgh on Sept. 23, was back practicing with the Raiders on Tuesday, multiple media outlets reported. Heyward-Bey sustained a concussion and neck strain from the helmet-to-helmet blow delivered by Ryan Mundy, who was fined $21,000 for the hit. Heyward-Bey took part in stretches and drills with the first-team offense during the portion of Tuesday's practice that the media is allowed to witness. Oakland has a bye this week. Asked whether he felt the same as he did before the injury, Heyward-Bey told the San Francisco Chronicle, "Close to the same. They got a plan for me; today was step No. 1 and I felt pretty good." Heyward-Bey said the plan is to have him back in the lineup for the game against the Falcons on Oct. 14. Heyward-Bey has nine catches for 98 yards in the three games he has played this season, all as a starter.
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