Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy was fined $21,000 by the NFL on Wednesday for hitting Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey in the chin with his helmet during Oakland's last-minute win on Sept. 23, according to a report Wednesday afternoon from ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Heward Bey was down on the field for 10 minutes following the hit and had to be carted of the field. He was hospitalized overnight and was released on Monday and is expected to make a full recovery, thought there is no timetable for his return to the field. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said that he is concerned about the concussion and will continue to keep a close eye on his receiver:
"The concussion is obviously the bigger issue than anything else right now," Allen said. "He's a guy that we're going to have to continue to evaluate and see where he's at. We were all pleased to see that it wasn't anything severe as far as neck injury or anything like that."
Following the game, Mundy said he felt bad about the hit and said there was no intention on his part to give Heyward-Bey a concussion. Allen doesn't hold ill-will against Mundy, saying hard hits are often just a part of the game:
"It's the game of football," Allen said. "I don't think people are trying to go out there and hurt people. The safety was playing the game fast and physical. It's a tough game to play when you're making split-second decisions on how you play the game. It's the unfortunate things that happen in this game but we move on from it."