Ravens to sign ex-Chiefs RB Le’Veon Bell to practice squad

By Charles Goldman

After two of their top running backs suffered multiple season-ending injuries the Baltimore Ravens have made a move to reinforce their backfield. Both J.K. Dobbins and Justice Hill went down with season-ending injuries in a two-week span of each other. Suddenly a strength of the Ravens became a weakness.

As a result, the Ravens brought in multiple running backs for tryouts to start the week, former Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs RB Le’Veon Bell. They ultimately settled on Bell, with the intention to soon add him to their practice squad.

Bell, of course, signed with the Chiefs in October of 2020 shortly after he was released by the Jets. He’d go on to appear in 10 games for Kansas City including the playoffs, recording 63 carries for 264 yards and two touchdowns. He was a non-factor during the playoffs, inactive for the AFC title game, and an active non-participant in Super Bowl LV.

To top off his brief and unsuccessful stay in Kansas City, Bell trashed Chiefs HC Andy Reid over the Summer. He said that he’d rather retire than play for Reid again. Surprisingly, Bell is now playing for John Harbaugh, who is part of Reid’s coaching tree.

The Ravens have compiled quite the roster of former Chiefs players. They have Marcus Peters, Justin Houston and Sammy Watkins on the 53-man roster. They also have Johnny Townsend (one-time Chief and brother to Tommy Townsend) and now Bell on their practice squad.

Who knows if Bell will be on the 53-man roster by Week 2, but all of the former Chiefs on the roster should only add to the drama of their regular-season matchup.


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