Just watched Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey leave practice a bit ago, and I believe it's due to concussion symptoms. Walked to locker room.— Don Banks (@DonBanks) July 31, 2014
Steelers wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was looking for an opportunity this training camp. Unsecured tryout, no guaranteed contract money, whatever was there to get a chance to legitimately compete for a job.
It's taking a rough start so far as the veteran suffered what Sports Illustrated writer Don Banks called "concussion symptoms" and walked off the practice field Thursday.
Heyward Bey shaken up. Looks like he fell on ball.— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) July 31, 2014
Tribune Review reporter Mark Kaboly tweeted in his eyes, it looked like Heyward-Bey fell on the ball after a play.Post Gazette reporter Ray Fittipaldo added insult to the injury.
Heyward Bey shaken up in a drill against DBS. Shaquille Richardson landed on him after he dropped the ball.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) July 31, 2014
The Steelers had two practices in the day, a closed session in the morning and an open one in the afternoon, the second one leading to Heyward-Bey's injury. No status was given for his condition or timetable for his return.
The Steelers signed Heyward-Bey, a good-sized deep threat who spent last season with Indianapolis, to a one-year deal in an effort to establish more competition for the team's lower receiver positions on its depth chart. Antonio Brown, Lance Moore, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant would appear to be locks, with a possible fifth wide receiver position open for competition between Heyward-Bey, Justin Brown, Derrick Moye and a few others.
Justin, not Antonio, Brown has been the subject of positive reports so far, but DHB's experience gives him a considerable advantage over the younger comers. This injury may not set Heyward-Bey back at all, but in what appears to be the toughest competition in training camp, every snap will count.