Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/3/12
After a scary helmet to helmet collision resulted in a concussion, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey returned to practice. The former first round pick missed Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos, but practicing in a limited fashion today is an encouraging sign that he could return after Oakland's bye week.

“I passed the test to go out here and practice,” Heyward-Bey said. “I feel decent. I took a hard hit and feel good enough to practice.”

In the three games Heyward-Bey has played in this season, he has nine catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. The Oakland offense has struggled with injuries this season losing both starting wide-outs Denarius Moore and Heyward-Bey for a game each as well as third receiver Jacoby Ford for the season. They still average 258 passing yards per game, good for 13th in the NFL. The running game on the other hand is dead last in the league averaging only 60 yards per game.

“When you have a new offense it's going to be a little bit of a struggle,” Heyward-Bey said. “It's going to be good and it's going to be bad. We are a team trying to get it going.”

Because he has yet to pass all the concussion tests, Heyward-Bey still has a ways to go before he is cleared to fully participate and play against the Atlanta Falcons in two weeks. He remains hopeful to play and the extra week of recovery will help. When he does return to the field for the Raiders, Heyward-Bey will be working hard to become a week to week threat in the offense.

“For me missing a game, I'm not going to miss a beat,” Heyward-Bey said. “I'm going to be the same guy, working hard and making plays.”

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