Darrius Heyward-Bey: Fantasy Owners Wise to Find Replacement for Raiders' WR

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 24, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Darrius Heyward-Bey #85 of the Oakland Raiders  holds up his fist to acknowledge the fans as he was carted off the field after getting hurt against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 23, 2012 in Oakland, California. The Raiders won the game 34-31. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Darrius Heyward-Bey took a nasty hit in the Oakland Raiders' matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. He was left motionless on the field for 11 minutes, and was ultimately taken from the field on a stretcher.

Bleacher Report tweeted this post with a Twitpic of DHB giving a thumbs up.

Darrius Heyward-Bey gives a thumbs up as he is carted off the field after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit. twitter.com/BleacherReport…

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 23, 2012

We certainly hope he's well and able to resume his career. Football is a rough sport and injuries are a part of the action, but you hate to see them as nasty as this.

Jerry McDonald of the San Jose Mercury News reported that Heyward-Bey was taken to the hospital with a neck injury and concussion.

That said, on a fantasy football level, owners of the wideout must consider replacing him. It seems likely that he will miss at least a few games after this ordeal.

Heyward-Bey got off to a slow start this season with only seven receptions in two games, but caught his first touchdown pass of the year on Sunday.

Following a solid 2011 season, he was likely a moderately high selection in your fantasy league. However, a decent option as a replacement may be the man who entered in his stead on Sunday. 

Derek Hagan had three receptions for 30 yards against the Steelers.

If he gets a full week to work with Carson Palmer and the first team, he could have a solid game on Sunday vs. the Denver Broncos. The Orange Crush pass defense has been more like puppy love this season.

The Broncos' opponents have thrown for 233 yards and two touchdowns per game. The Raiders pass offense should be able to flourish against them. Carson Palmer has been solid this season with 879 yards and five touchdown passes.

Hagan is in line for a decent performance, and he'd be a solid pickup to replace the injured Heyward-Bey.

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