Note: Desmond Bryant is a graduate of East Bladen High School and Harvard. Bryant is currently in the middle of his fourth NFL season. He did not play in the second half of Sunday’s NFL game against Tampa Bay due to an accelerated heartbeat. Click play video after our video is loaded to see a portion of Monday’s news conference with Oakland head coach Dennis Allen.
OAKLAND,CA (Courtesy Oakland Raiders) — Excerpts from the news conference on Monday from Oakland head coach Dennis Allen.
On Desmond Bryant “He is at home. They released him from the hospital today. He had a fast, irregular heart beat and he was kept overnight in the hospital, released today and he is back home with a normal heart beat.”
On if Desmond Bryant’s condition was new: “It’s nothing with him that we’ve dealt with. I don’t really know to the extent or what it really means, but I know that our medical people are on top of it.”
On if Bryant will practice Wednesday: “No, he will not practice on Wednesday. There’s a couple of things that he’s got to do, but he has not been ruled out for this weekend and we’ll see where we’re at after Wednesday if he’s able to go on Thursday or Friday.”
On Andre Carter’s play time: “I don’t remember the exact number of plays that he played in the game, twenty-something plays. It was probably the most productive that he’s been since he’s been active for us. I really see that kind of as his role; he’s going to be anywhere from 25-35 plays in a game and we hope that he can give us some rush ability and the ability to get after the quarterback a little bit.”
On if Bryant approached the coaches and told him he wasn’t feeling well: “I’m not sure exactly how that went. I just know that [Head Athletic Trainer H.] Rod [Martin] grabbed me basically coming out of halftime and said that they had him running some tests on him for an irregular heartbeat and that’s really the extent of what I know
HARRISONBURG, VA (UNCW) — Dale Robins-Bailey knocked home the game-winning goal in the 95th minute to upend UNCW, 4-3, as James Madison advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals this weekend in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Seahawks see their season end with a 7-11-1 record while the third-seeded Dukes improved to 9-6-2 and will play Northeastern on Nov. 9. JMU edged UNCW earlier this season, 2-1, in double overtime at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
The game-winning goal was set up by a Seahawk foul midway through the overtime period. The free kick looked like it was sailing over the end line, but Adam Bastidas was able to keep the ball in play and sent a short cross into the penalty area for Robins-Bailey.
The overtime strike was needed after JMU wasted a 3-1 advantage after sophomore David Sizemore scored twice in the second half for UNCW. His first goal came in the 57th minute and was unassisted, but he drew the Seahawks even, 3-all, in the 87th off a feed by sophomore Jamie Dell.
UNCW freshman striker Colin Bonner netted his sixth goal of the season as the Seahawks opened the scoring in the seventh minute. Fellow rookie Nathaniel Goodwin set up the play with a cross from the right side where Bonner used his 6-foot-4 frame to head home the opening goal.
After that quick goal, the Dukes pressured the Seahawks and Paul Wyatt knotted the game with his eighth goal of the season, coming in the 23rd minute. Wyatt, the Dukes’ leading scorer, was on the finishing end of a feed from Tom Whitebread.
Josh Grant’s seventh goal of the season put the Dukes in front, 2-1, in the 32nd minute.
Wyatt would strike again in the 50th minute for a 3-1 JMU lead. Jamal Umar was credited with an assist on the play.
UNCW freshman goalkeeper Sam Williams made a season-high 11 saves while facing 30 Duke shots on the night.
The Seahawks tied a program-record with three goals, matching their output in a 1999 play-in 3-2 win over George Mason. Sizemore also matched Russell Bienias’ record of two goals in a 2-0 win over VCU in 2005.
Wyatt finished the night with five points after adding an assist on Grant’s goal.
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