Oakland receiver Heyward-Bey can’t recall hit

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29, 2012

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey still has no recollection of the devastating hit by Pittsburgh safety Ryan Mundy last week that left him with a concussion and neck strain.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since being carted off the field and hospitalized overnight following the play, Heyward-Bey said he’s seen television replays of the hit but otherwise has no memory of it.

Heyward-Bey appeared to be knocked out immediately after getting hit on the chin by the crown of Mundy’s helmet early in the fourth quarter of the Raiders’ 34-31 win over the Steelers. His limp body crashed to the turf headfirst and his neck twisted awkwardly.

Refs to vote on deal

NFL officials arrived at a Dallas-area hotel to discuss and vote on an eight-year agreement reached with the league late Wednesday. They were meeting Friday night with a vote on the contact expected this morning. Some planned to fly directly after the vote to their assigned cities for Sunday’s games.

The deal must be ratified by 51 percent of the union’s 121 members.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told fans “you deserve better” than games worked by replacement officials.

L.A. backs stadium

Los Angeles took a major step toward building a downtown stadium to lure an NFL team back to the nation’s second-most populous city, despite questions about how a 72,000-seat venue in the city’s urban core would impact notorious freeway traffic, nearby housing prices and air quality.

The 12-0 vote by the City Council came after starkly contrasting predictions about what the $1.5 billion project would mean for an economically troubled city.

Around the league

Baltimore safety Ed Reed, Detroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch and Pittsburgh safety Ryan Mundy each have been fined $21,000 by the NFL for flagrant hits. … Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner ($7,875), Cincinatti cornerback Terrance Newman ($10,000) and Philadelphia cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ($7,875) were also fined. … The New York Jets are not ready to place star cornerback Darrelle Revis on season-ending injured reserve in case he recovers from a torn knee ligament in time to play in the Super Bowl. … Minnesota receiver Jerome Simpson is eligible to make his Vikings debut this week. … Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita met with Goodell for about one hour about his suspension in the Saints’ bounty case.

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