2. Darrius Heyward-Bey suffers scary hit that goes unflagged
There were several big and (arguably) illegal hits that went unflagged in the first three weeks (including shots to Ben Roethlisberger, Fred Davis and Greg Jennings), but when it comes to one definitive, and rather appalling, non-call of the early season, the helmet-to-helmet assault on Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey stands alone. Trying to link up with Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer in the end zone, Heyward-Bay got rocked by Steelers safety Ryan Mundy, actually getting struck in the facemask so hard that he lost consciousness before ever hitting the ground. Heyward-Bey remained on the ground for 11 minutes before being strapped to a gurney, and despite a referee standing right over the play, no flag was thrown. Instead, the referee correctly determined that what he witnessed was an incomplete pass. Can’t fault him on getting one thing right, but this play supports the theory that player safety is at risk while the scabs are calling the shots.
- Editor Obsession: Shoes We LoveOur editors' picks for the best shoes for the coming season.
- Six Spirits That Will Save Your Holiday SeasonThey're key to any holiday gathering.
- 8 Holiday Cocktails Made with MoonshineMust-try recipes from America's most visited distillery.
- Form CheckThe easy reminders for five basic lifts.