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Le’Veon Bell says Baltimore Ravens releasing him

Oct 17, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Le'Veon Bell (17) carries the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Le’Veon Bell (17) carries the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens are releasing running back Le’Veon Bell, the former All-Pro announced on social media Tuesday.

The Ravens, who saw their top three running backs go down to injury before the season started, signed Bell as a free agent in October.

He wrote: “this hurts, but it’s been a blessing to be here to say the least, i’ve enjoyed every second of this short period & gotta whole new meaning of what this city is like & it’s a great place to be.” He added that he appreciated head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Eric DeCosta giving him the opportunity.

Bell was sparingly used by the Ravens, who also signed free agents Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray after injuries to J.K. Dobbins, Justice Hill and Gus Edwards before Week 1.

The 29-year-old Bell appeared in five games for Baltimore. He carried the ball 31 times for 83 yards (2.7 yards per carry) and scored two touchdowns.

Freeman (223 yards) and Murray (212 yards) have emerged as the top running backs, but the ground game in Baltimore still runs through quarterback Lamar Jackson, who has gained 639 rushing yards and scored two TDs this season.

Bell was a two-time All-Pro with the Steelers before forcing his way out of Pittsburgh by sitting out the entire 2018 season. He ultimately signed with the Jets in 2019 but lasted just 1 1/2 seasons in New York before he was cut in October 2020.

The Kansas City Chiefs added him to their roster in 2020, and he played in nine games, gaining 254 yards.

–Field Level Media