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September 26, 2012
Report: Mundy fined for hit on Heyward-Bey

ALAMEDA -- The website Pro Football Talk is citing ESPN's Adam Schefter in reporting that Steelers safety Ryan Mundy has been fined $21,000 for the helmet-to-helmet hit on Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey on Sunday that sent Heyward-Bey to the hospital with a concussion and neck strain.

As Mundy tried to break up a fourth-quarter pass for Heyward-Bey in the Raiders' 34-31 win over the Steelers, the top of his helmet caught Heyward-Bey across the facemask. Heyward-Bey was knocked unconscious on the play and eventually carted off the field. No flag was thrown.

Heyward-Bey spent the night in the hospital for observation and was released Monday. He is expected to make a full recovery, though it's unclear when he'll be able to return to playing. Head coach Dennis Allen said Monday he didn't think Mundy intended to injure Heyward-Bey on the play.

* Offensive tackle Joe Barksdale was not with the Raiders when they began practicing this morning, though a team spokesman said as the session started that Barksdale is officially still a member of the Raiders' roster. The website "The Sideline View" reported this morning that the Raiders third-round pick from 2011 was waived.

Tight end Brandon Myers, who suffered a concussion late in Sunday's game, was at practice, so he's at least partway through the battery of league concussion tests he needs to pass to be cleared for Sunday.

Cornerback Shawntae Spencer was not at practice. Right tackle Khalif Barnes was on the field watching. New linebacker Vic So'oto, signed yesterday, is practicing and wearing No. 54, as is wide receiver Tori Gurley, wearing No. 19. The Raiders announced this morning they signed Gurley, a free agent, to the practice squad.

-- Matt Kawahara

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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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