Aug 23, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New Orleans Saints running back Devonta Freeman (34) walks to the locker room after the game against Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens elevate Devonta Freeman to active roster

The Baltimore Ravens promoted running back Devonta Freeman from the practice squad to the active roster on Thursday.

Freeman, 29, joins a depleted running backs group led by Ty’Son Williams, with Latavius Murray as his backup. The Ravens cut third string RB Trenton Cannon, who signed the week before Monday’s opening 33-27 overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Ravens have had to scramble to fill the backfield roles after losing starter J.K. Dobbins and his replacement Gus Edwards to season-ending knee injuries.

The Ravens also lost Justice Hill to a torn Achilles on Sept. 2.

Freeman spent his first six seasons in Atlanta and was named to two Pro Bowls after the Falcons took him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played for the New York Giants last season, but appeared in just five games (four starts) and finished with 54 carries for 172 yards and one TD.

The New Orleans Saints signed him to a deal on Aug. 1 and released him Aug. 31.

For his career, Freeman has played in 82 games (63 starts) and rushed 1,005 times for 4,144 yards and 33 TDs. He’s also caught 264 passes for 2,073 yards and 11 scores.

Le’Veon Bell, a two-time All-Pro, remains on the practice squad.

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Aug 18, 2020; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Justin Ellis (71) stands on the field during the morning session of training camp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens elect not to elevate RBs Le’Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman

The Baltimore Ravens elevated two players from the practice squad for their season opener Monday night, just not the pair people were expecting.

The Ravens elevated defensive tackle Justin Ellis and safety Anthony Levine for the Ravens’ game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football.

Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman were in the running to be elevated after the Ravens incurred a third injury to their decimated backfield last week. Gus Edwards, in line to be the starter after J.K. Dobbins went down, suffered a season-ending ACL injury.

The Ravens will go with starting RB Ty’Son Williams being backed up by Latavius Murray and Trenton Cannon.

The team signed Murray and Cannon last week. Murray was let go by the New Orleans Saints and Cannon was released by Carolina Panthers.

The Ravens also lost Justice Hill to a torn Achilles on Sept. 2.

Levine, 34, has played in 129 games (four starts), all with the Ravens. He has two career interceptions and four sacks over the previous 10 seasons..

Ellis, 30, has played in 83 games (45 starts) for the Raiders and Ravens. He is entering his eighth NFL season.

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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

Reports: Short on RBs, Ravens work out Le’Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman

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.

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Oct 4, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New York Giants running back Devonta Freeman (31) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Agent: Devonta Freeman agrees to deal with Saints

Running back Devonta Freeman agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, his agent Drew Rosenhaus announced Saturday.

The decision came quickly after Freeman and fellow running back T.J. Yeldon worked out for the club earlier in the day.

Freeman, 29, was a college teammate of Saints quarterback Jameis Winston at Florida State.

The Saints’ backfield is led by four-time Pro Bowl selection Alvin Kamara, who set career highs in rushing yards (932), receptions (83), all-purpose yards (1,688) and total touchdowns (21) in 2020.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Freeman was signed by the New York Giants in 2020 after a season-ending injury to Saquon Barkley in Week 1. He played in just five games because of hamstring and ankle injuries and COVID-19 before being released in January.

Freeman was signed to the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad during the playoffs. He did not play in a game.

The Atlanta Falcons selected Freeman in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In 77 games with the Falcons, he gained 3,972 yards and scored 32 touchdowns on the ground. He also caught 257 passes for 2,015 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Oct 11, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; New York Giants running back Devonta Freeman (31) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Bills sign RB Devonta Freeman to practice squad

The Buffalo Bills are adding free agent running back Devonta Freeman to the practice squad, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

The Bills need depth at the position after rookie Zack Moss sustained a serious ankle injury in Saturday’s playoff victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Freeman is in his seventh NFL season. He was signed by the New York Giants after a season-ending injury to Saquon Barkley in Week 1 but played in just five games because of hamstring and ankle injuries and COVID-19. The Giants released him from injured reserve last week.

The Atlanta Falcons selected Freeman in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In 77 games with the Falcons, he gained 3,972 yards and scored 33 touchdowns on the ground. He also caught 257 passes for 2,015 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Freeman, 28, could practice with the Bills this week ahead of Saturday night’s divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens in Orchard Park, N.Y.

–Field Level Media

Dec 29, 2019; Tampa, Florida, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Giants sign RB Freeman, place WR Shepard on IR

The New York Giants signed running back Devonta Freeman to help fill the void by the injury of Saquon Barkley, the team announced on Wednesday.

Freeman, who was cut by the Atlanta Falcons on March 16, reportedly will earn up to $3 million on the one-year deal.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection was brought in for a workout on the heels of Barkley sustaining a torn right ACL early in the second quarter of Sunday’s 17-13 loss to the Bears in Chicago. Barkley was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

In a corresponding move, the Giants placed wide receiver Sterling Shepard on injured reserve Wednesday. Shepard suffered a turf toe injury, also in the second quarter on Sunday, and will be eligible to return after three games.

Freeman, 28, rushed for 3,972 yards and 32 touchdowns and caught 257 passes for 2,015 yards and 11 scores in 77 career games (59 starts) with the Falcons. He registered back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2015 and 2016.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Freeman welcomes the chance to play in New York, saying, “Devonta turned down more money from other teams because he likes the opportunity with the Giants best.”

Freeman will join a backfield that is now headed by Dion Lewis, who carried 10 times for 20 yards and a touchdown and added four catches for 36 yards against the Bears.

Lewis, who turns 30 this Sunday, signed a one-year deal with New York in March after seven seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (2011-12), New England Patriots (2015-17) and Tennessee Titans (2018-19).

His best season was with the Patriots in 2017 when he rushed for 896 yards and six touchdowns and hauled in 32 catches for 214 yards and three scores. He won a Super Bowl LI ring with New England.

Barkley, 23, will undergo surgery on a date to be determined, the team announced Tuesday.

The two-time 1,000-yard rusher and 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year was hurt while running toward the sideline and getting tackled by Bears safety Eddie Jackson. Barkley grabbed at the knee as he was taken to the ground.

Barkley ended the season with 19 carries for 34 yards and six catches for 60 yards in two games with the Giants (0-2), who host the San Francisco 49ers (1-1) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET).

Barkley rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns as a 2018 rookie after being selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft out of Penn State. He rushed for 1,003 yards last season despite missing three games and being limited in several others due to a high ankle sprain.

After placing Barkley on IR, the Giants signed cornerback Ryan Lewis, 26, off their practice squad. He joined the team’s practice squad on Sept. 8.

Lewis has recorded 43 tackles and two forced fumbles in 20 career games with the Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, Eagles and Miami Dolphins.

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Dec 29, 2019; Tampa, Florida, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants to sign RB Freeman; Barkley put on IR

The New York Giants are expected to sign Devonta Freeman to a contract, provided the free agent running back passes his COVID-19 test, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Tuesday.

Freeman has been a free agent since being cut by the Atlanta Falcons on March 16.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection was brought in for a workout on the heels of Giants star running back Saquon Barkley sustaining a torn right ACL early in the second quarter of Sunday’s 17-13 loss to the Bears in Chicago. Barkley was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Freeman, 28, rushed for 3,972 yards and 32 touchdowns and caught 257 passes for 2,015 yards and 11 scores in 77 career games with the Falcons. He registered back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2015 and 2016.

Freeman reportedly will join a backfield that is now headed by Dion Lewis, who carried 10 times for 20 yards and a touchdown and added four catches for 36 yards against the Bears.

Lewis, who turns 30 this Sunday, signed a one-year deal with New York in March after seven seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (2011-12), New England Patriots (2015-17) and Tennessee Titans (2018-19).

His best season was with the Patriots in 2017 when he rushed for 896 yards and six touchdowns and hauled in 32 catches for 214 yards and three scores. He won a Super Bowl LI ring with New England.

Barkley, 23, will undergo surgery on a date to be determined, the team announced Tuesday.

The two-time 1,000-yard rusher and 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year was hurt while running toward the sideline and getting tackled by Bears safety Eddie Jackson. Barkley grabbed at the knee as he was taken to the ground.

Barkley ended the season with 19 carries for 34 yards and six catches for 60 in two games with the Giants (0-2), who host the San Francisco 49ers (1-1) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET).

Barkley rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns as a 2018 rookie after being selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft out of Penn State. He rushed for 1,003 yards last season despite missing three games and being limited in several others due to a high ankle sprain.

Also on Tuesday, the Giants signed cornerback Ryan Lewis off their practice squad. He joined the team’s practice squad on Sept. 8.

Ryan Lewis recorded 43 tackles and two forced fumbles in 20 career games with the Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, Eagles and Miami Dolphins.

–Field Level Media