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August 8, 2011
Heyward-Bey returns to practice

NAPA - Wide receivevr Darrius Heyward-Bey took part in team drills for the first time during training camp Monday after being out for undisclosed reasons.

Hewyard-Bey said he knew Saturday that today would be the day he'd take the field with the team.

Heyward-Bey's day was a mix of good and bad. He caught a pass from Jason Campbell on a crossing route and to go along with another catch in traffic.

The bad came on that on the catch across the middle when Heyward-Bey had the ball punched out from behind by cornerback Chris Johnson.

There was also a slant Heyward-Bey wasn't able to hold on to that ricocheted off his shoulder pads for an incompletion.

Heyward-Bey said there are no ill effects from whatever ailed him.

"I felt pretty good," he said. "I wish C.J. didn't knock that ball out, but I felt pretty good for the most part. Me and Jason connected twice and it felt good."

Heyward-Bey said frustration about not getting on the field sooner didn't get to him. He expects to be fine for tomorrow's practice, too.

"You definitely want to be out there, but I had a job to do and I was getting everybody ready," Heyward-Bey said. "Making sure everybody was getting reps and it was helping me learn. When you're just doing walk through and not having practice, calling out the plays to the guys, that helps. I felt like I was involved."

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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