Devin Hester WR BAL (8) 3 weeks ago
Head coach John Harbaugh said Hester will return both punts and kickoffs Sunday against the Bills, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.
Hester won't have any kind of role on offense, but his dual responsibilities on special teams could give him some value in return-yardage leagues. While the Ravens might eventually try to draw up a few plays for Hester on offense, it would be unwise to expect anything of the sort in Week 1.
Devin Hester WR BAL (8) 4 weeks ago1 Comment
Hester signed a one-year deal with the Ravens on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
Hester worked out for the Ravens on Friday and was able to impress the coaching staff, which has now resulted in a one-year contract. He's coming off an injury-riddled 2015 campaign where he took part in just five games with the Falcons due to a turf toe injury. However, Hester should be back to full strength and will attempt to stick with the Ravens, so look for him to make an impact on special teams as a returner, while also adding depth to the team's wide receiving core.
Devin Hester WR BAL (8) 4 weeks ago
Hester worked out for the Ravens on Friday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Hester's workout with Baltimore comes after he was released by the Falcons back in July. Although a nagging turf toe injury troubled him since last season, Hester did pass his latest physical with the Falcons, which surely helped his free agent prospects. In fact, after working out with the Ravens on Friday, Baltimore's intention to release receiver/returner Keenan Reynolds became known, thus indicating the veteran Hester could sign with the team soon.
Devin Hester WR BAL (8) 2 months ago
Hester (toe) does not plan to retire after being released by the Falcons on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Hester played just five games while battling a toe injury for the majority of last season, eventually undergoing surgery in January, with his recovery timetable estimated at 4-to-6 months. Though it's possible the toe is still a concern, Hester did pass a physical before he was released by Atlanta, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. Hester's reputation should ensure that he gets a chance to compete for a return job with another team, but he'll likely be on the roster bubble wherever he lands. He played just one snap on offense last season, and he wasn't particularly impressive as a return man during his two-year stint in Atlanta. Regardless of how his career ends, the 33-year-old long ago cemented his reputation as the best return specialist in NFL history, recording four separate seasons with three or more special teams TDs.
Devin Hester WR BAL (8) 2 months ago
Hester (toe) was released by the Falcons on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
Hester dealt with a toe injury throughout most of the 2015 season, playing in just five games and eventually undergoing surgery in January. He didn't have a role in the Atlanta offense, strictly working as a return specialist when he was active, after catching 38 passes for 504 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. While arguably the best return man in NFL history, Hester could have trouble finding work, as he's 33 years old and may still be recovering from the surgery.
Devin Hester WR BAL (8) 5 months ago
Hester (toe) still hasn't been cleared to run yet, ESPN.com reports.
Hester underwent surgery on his right big toe in January, a procedure that coincided with a four-to-six month recovery timetable. Although he's approaching the four-month mark, Hester was been limited to jogging and ladder drills in offseason workouts thus far. At 33 years old, Hester is being cautious with his rehab, but also knows that if he's unable to return kicks as the season grows closer, his $3 million salary cap figure would make him a candidate to be cut, particularly with the Falcons drafting receiver/returning Devin Fuller over the weekend.
Devin Hester WR BAL (8) 7 months ago
Hester (toe) will begin a rehab program next week, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Hester underwent surgery on his right big toe in January and has spent the last two months in a cast or walking boot, but he's progressed to the point that he expects to begin jogging in roughly a month-and-a-half. He appears to be ahead of the original 3-to-6 month timetable handed down back in January, though the rehab process is expected to last at least a couple of months, so it's quite possible Hester could be limited when OTA's start up in May.
Devin Hester WR BAL (8) 8 months ago
Hester will require 3-to-6 months to recover from surgery on his right big toe, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Hester was sidelined from the Falcons' third preseason game through Week 12 due to a broken sesamoid bone. Strictly used in the return game but for one offensive snap down the stretch, he compiled eight punt returns for 34 yards and nine kick returns for 235 yards, marking the 10th consecutive season in which he posted more than 20 yards per return in the latter realm. The 33-year-old will now don a cast for the first three months and a walking boot thereafter, with no rehab scheduled until he's spent about a month in the boot.
Devin Hester WR BAL (8) 9 months ago
Hester (toe) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The toe issue limited Hester in practice all week, but he was still given a probable designation and as expected, he'll suit up for a critical divisional matchup. Hester has played in just three games this season and hasn't been a factor in the passing game, logging no targets in any contest.
Devin Hester WR BAL (8) 10 months ago
Hester (toe) is active Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Hester was activated from short-term injured reserve Friday and will be active right away in the hope of replacing some of the production lost thanks to Leonard Hankerson's season-ending hamstring injury.