PDevin Hester
WR ATL (11)
1 month ago

Hester (toe) does not plan to retire after being released by the Falcons on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

PDevin Hester
WR ATL (11)
1 month ago

Hester (toe) was released by the Falcons on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

PDevin Hester
WR ATL (11)
4 months ago

Hester (toe) still hasn't been cleared to run yet, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

PDevin Hester
WR ATL (11)
6 months ago

Hester (toe) will begin a rehab program next week, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

PDevin Hester
WR ATL (11)
7 months ago

Hester will require 3-to-6 months to recover from surgery on his right big toe, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

PDevin Hester
WR ATL (11)
8 months ago

Hester (toe) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

PDevin Hester
WR ATL (11)
9 months ago

Hester (toe) is active Sunday against the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

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.

PDevin Hester
WR ATL (11)
9 months ago

Hester (toe) was activated from short-term injured reserve Friday afternoon, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) placed on season-ending injured reserve for the corresponding transaction, the Falcons will likely turn to Hester and/or Justin Hardy to fill the No. 3 wide receiver role. Perhaps more important, Hester figures to step in for Eric Weems as the top returner on punts and kickoffs. Outside of return-yardage leagues, Hester can be left on the wire.

PDevin Hester
WR ATL (11)
9 months ago

Hester (toe) has been cleared to play in the Falcons' Week 13 matchup in Tampa Bay, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, Hester will be available Week 13 after having been placed on the IR/designated-to-return list after Week 4 with the turf toe injury. His return will likely provide a spark in the return game, as well as a potential deep threat for quarterback Matt Ryan, although Hester's fantasy value remains limited for the time being.

PDevin Hester
WR ATL (11)
9 months ago

Hester (toe) returned to practice Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hester was placed on the Falcons' injured reserve/designated to return list after Week 4 due to a lingering bout with turf toe. Now healthy enough to practice, Hester is eligible to return to game action in Week 13, which would mostly figure to help Atlanta's special teams.