Donnell was released by the Ravens on Friday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Donnell was signed by Baltimore back at the end of July following a disappointing 2016 season with the Giants. His release shows that the Ravens, even with Crockett Gillmore's season-ending knee injury, feel as though they have enough depth at tight end with the likes of Nick Boyle, Ben Watson and Maxx Williams.
Donnell injured his hand in Thursday's practice session, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Donnell joins the multitude of injured Ravens tight ends, though his injury isn't as serious as his peers'. He reportedly made a diving catch Thursday and landed on the ball with his fingers underneath it. Though it isn't expected to be a long-term ailment, he could miss some time. Look for Nick Boyle and Vince Mayle to see some added reps in practice as the only healthy backups behind apparent-starter Ben Watson.
Donnell signed a contract with the Ravens on Sunday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Donnell had a relatively disappointing 2016 campaign with the Giants -- he pulled in just 15 receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown across 14 games -- which prompted the team to let him walk during free agency. However, with the Ravens losing both Dennis Pitta (hip) and Darren Waller (suspension) for the season, as well as Crockett Gillmore's recent knee injury, Donnell will bring some much-needed depth to the position. He'll battle with the likes of Ben Watson, Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams for time at tight end throughout training camp.
Donnell will not be re-signed by the Giants this offseason, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports. Donnell has spent all four of his professional seasons with the Giants, but he's failed to build on his faux-breakout 2014 campaign that included 63 catches for 623 yards and six touchdowns. In fact, besides that season, the 28-year-old boasts just 47 catches for 346 yards and three scores in his career. While missing 10 games over the past two seasons has contributed toward that decline in production, Donnell is nonetheless now slated to resume his career elsewhere in 2017.
Donnell (illness) does not have an injury designation ahead of Sunday night's game against the Cowboys after fully practicing Friday. Donnell was sidelined by illness Thursday, but he returned in a full capacity Friday to remove any concern over his Week 14 status.
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