As a wide receiver,
But the sight of the Silver Spring native and McDonogh graduate absorbing a blow from
Perhaps fortunately for Heyward-Bey, he said he can't recall the play that left him with a concussion and a strained neck.
"I really don't remember getting hit," he said during a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday. "During the week that I missed, being concussed and still being a little bit out of it, I didn't think about it much. All of my focus was to get back on the field for my teammates and my coaches. They are out here fighting. I want to be out there with them. I really didn't think about it much. Just wanted to play football."
In Maryland, the scene of Heyward-Bey lying motionless on the turf was stomach-churning to McDonogh football coach Dom Damico, whose cell phone was buzzing as soon as the play occurred.
"I got a lot of texts as soon as it happened," he recalled. "It's scary. Those guys are putting their heads in jeopardy every game with how big and fast they are and the routes that they run. When it happened, your heart just stops, and you think, 'Just move something.' You don't want a kid to be permanently injured from playing the game. So once he moved, most of us felt so much better. Then it was just a matter of recovery."
Former Maryland coach
"Torrey's brother had passed away that week, and Darrius' mom [Vivian] called my wife in regard to that, to try to get in touch with Torrey's mom," Friedgen said. "So [Gloria Friedgen] asked her about that, and she didn't seem to be concerned about it. But I was glad to see that he was able to come back in a couple of weeks and be able to play."
Heyward-Bey missed the Raiders’ next game against the
"It was nothing like a major neck injury or anything like that," he said. "It was pretty much, 'Hey, how do you feel today? Do you have a headache today? Yes or no?' For me, I stopped having headaches by that next Friday. I missed the game, and I was ready to go the following week. That bye week that we had definitely helped."
Damico said he's not surprised that Heyward-Bey didn't spend much time on the sideline.