OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has been taken to the hospital with a neck injury after a helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers safety Ryan Mundy that was not penalized. Heyward-Bey was running across the end zone early in the fourth quarter Sunday to catch a pass from Carson Palmer when Mundy launched his body and lowered his helmet into Heyward-Bey's facemask. Heyward-Bey's neck jerked violently and his head also crashed into the ground. The pass was incomplete. The Oakland Coliseum crowd fell silent. Mundy and players from both sides kneeled in prayer. The home fans also started a derogatory chant at the replacement officials. Heyward-Bey's eyes were shut for the 10 minutes trainers attended to him as he lay motionless. He was strapped to a table and placed on a cart. As the cart started to leave the field, he raised his right hand to roaring cheers.
BALTIMORE—For the time being, the Orioles are going with 13 pitchers and just three position players.
In late April and early May, the Orioles went with 13 pitchers, but haven't done so since.
“We can adjust the roster as we go if we need to,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We have some optionable situations. If we have a need, we can go get it.”
Showalter said before Tuesday’s game, the team was undecided about whether to go with 13 pitchers. They elected to keep Tyler Wilson, who threw four perfect innings in relief of Chris Tillman and Odrisamer Despaigne as long relief options.
Both Wilson and Despaigne can be optioned to the minor leagues.
“I thought Tyler could fit a need there. It’s very easy to say now,” Showalter. “I’d really like to keep away if I could from using up Despaigne and not be available for two or three days.”
Vance Worley, who has started and been a long man, will be in the bullpen on Thursday night when Ubaldo Jimenez starts.
The Orioles hope that Julio Borbon, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday, will stay with the organization.
BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)
One football coach threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Orioles on Wednesday, and it wasn't John Harbaugh ... nor was it Jay Gruden.
In fact, it was the new head coach of the Terps, DJ Durkin, that impressed the not-so-packed crowd in Baltimore with a ball thrown right down the middle, albeit maybe a little high.
Just to be extra certain not to embarrass himself in front of the home crowd, Durkin was caught taking practice reps behind the scenes.
Gotta get loose! pic.twitter.com/WwcYKm8pWE— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) July 27, 2016
It's safe to say practice makes perfect.
Rumor has it, if either the Colorado Rockies or Orioles run out of arms late in the game, Durkin could be lurking in the bullpen ready to go.
OWINGS MILLS – That running-back-by-committee system the Ravens are thinking about using? Justin Forsett isn’t feeling that.
“What’s running-back-by-committee?” Forsett deadpanned. “I don’t understand that.”
Forsett laughed, but he was serious about retaining his starting job and doing the bulk of the work at running back. The Ravens are deep at the position, with Forsett, Buck Allen, rookie Kenneth Davis, Terrance West, Lorenzo Taliaferro all ready for Thursday’s first full training camp practice, while Trent Richardson (knee) remains on the PUP list.
Forsett will turn 31 years old in October, and even if he retains the starting job, the Ravens are leaning toward reducing his carries. But Forsett enters training camp thinking he can still be a 200-carry, 1000-yard rusher.
“I grew up with old school running backs,” Forsett said. “I love watching them play - Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, all those guys. Of course if you’re a running back, everybody wants to on the field all the time. I’m going to put myself in a position where they can’t take me off the field. That’s my mentality. At the end of the day, everybody has their role. I’ll let coach decide that.”
Even if Forsett doesn’t carry the ball as much as he would like, count on him being a consummate team player. All of the Ravens’ younger backs will benefit from being around Forsett, who starts training camp vowing not to give in, to age, or to his running back competition.
“My goal is to go out and lead this team to a Super Bowl,” Forsett said. “I’m going to try to put myself in a position to do so. This is my ninth training camp. It’s a blessing. Me being fired three times throughout my career, traveling to five different teams, I don’t take it for granted.”