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Short on running backs, Baltimore Ravens work out Le’Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman

Aug 14, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens running back Justice Hill (43) rushes during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justice Hill (43) rushes during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens’ running back depth chart grew even thinner with Justice Hill lost for the season after tearing his Achilles tendon during a recent practice, NFL Network and ESPN reported Monday.

In an effort to plug the holes, the Ravens brought in Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman for workouts Monday, according to ESPN and NFL Network. ESPN also reported that Elijah Holyfield got a workout, too.

The news about Hill comes on the heels of the Ravens losing fellow running back J.K. Dobbins for the year after Dobbins tore his ACL in the Ravens’ 37-3 preseason win over the Washington Football Team on Aug. 28.

The Ravens, who parted with veteran Mark Ingram over the offseason, are down to two running backs on the current roster: Gus Edwards and Ty’Son Williams. Williams has no NFL experience.

Hill, 23, was expected to contribute in the wake of Dobbins’ injury, making the 53-man roster. He rushed for 285 yards and two touchdowns while adding 13 receptions for 90 yards in two seasons.

Dobbins, 22, rushed for 805 yards with nine touchdowns last year as a rookie.

Bell, 29, 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.

Bell then signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, for whom he produced 254 rushing yards and two touchdowns in nine regular-season games (two starts). He had 6 yards on two carries in the Chiefs’ first playoff game, then was inactive for the AFC Championship Game and did not play in the Super Bowl.

Freeman, 29, began his NFL career by playing six years with the Atlanta Falcons, topping 1,000 rushing yards and making the Pro Bowl in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He spent last season with the New York Giants, logging 172 yards and a touchdown in five games (four starts) before landing on injured reserve in November due to ankle and hamstring injuries.

–Field Level Media