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 (hand) played 39 snaps in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
The veteran tight and had been dealing with a hand injury since early August, but he managed to play nearly 60 percent of Baltimore's offensive snaps in Saturday's dress rehearsal. He hauled in his lone target for a two-yard gain as his only contribution in the passing game.
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-breakthrough 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.
Donnell missed Thursday's practice due to an illness, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports.
Donnell has been a fantasy non-entity this season, accruing 15 catches (on 22 targets) for 92 yards and one touchdown in 10 contests. Because he recorded his last reception in Week 7, the illness shouldn't impact his viability, or lack thereof.
Donnell caught one pass for eight yards in Sunday's win over the Rams.
Donnell has yet to break the 40-yard barrier in an offense that runs through its receiving corps. The Giants' starting tight end has failed to match even his backup, Will Tye's, modest catch and yardage totals and isn't worth a fantasy roster spot at this point.
Donnell caught six of seven targets for 34 yards against the Ravens Sunday.
He was part of Ben McAdoo's dink-and-dunk attack but made a mental error, going out of bounds to stop the clock before getting a first down, forcing the Giants into a 4th-and-1. Still, he's the team's starting tight end for now.
Donnell (concussion) logged a full practice Thursday.
Jumping from limited to full in the first two practices of the week indicates that Donnell has proceeded through the league's protocol for head injuries. If he's indeed completed the program, he'll serve as the Giants' starting tight end Sunday versus the Ravens.
Donnell (concussion) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday.
Still a resident of the concussion protocol, Donnell was contained a non-contact practice to kick off Week 6 prep, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. Donnell will have two more practices to show that the malady is behind him but is trending in the correct direction for active status Sunday versus the Ravens.
Donnell is expected to clear concussion protocol and return to practice Wednesday, Newsday's Art Stapleton reports.
Donnell didn't practice last week and missed Sunday's loss to the Packers, allowing Will Tye to get the start at tight end. With Donnell on track for a Week 6 return against the Ravens, the Giants will likely go back to splitting work between the two tight ends -- an arrangement that makes it difficult to rely on either for production. Further complicating matters, sixth-round rookie Jerell Adams could also be in the mix for a few snaps and targets, after catching two passes for 27 yards in Sunday's loss.
Donnell (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Green Bay.
With just six days to recover from a concussion that appeared quite serious, Donnell never had much of a shot to play in Sunday's game against the Packers. His absence will leave Will Tye to handle a heavy workload, as the two tight ends had previously been splitting snaps in New York's pass-oriented offense.
Donnell (concussion) didn't practice Thursday.
After a big hit from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr on Monday, Donnell entered the league's protocol for head injuries, where he'll remain until he receives clearance from an independent neurologist. If he's sidelined Sunday at Green Bay, Will Tye will scoop up any and all available TE reps.
Donnell has entered the concussion protocol, Tom Rock of Newsday reports.
Donnell sustained the injury Monday on a blocking assignment, taking a blow from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr in the process. While Donnell navigates the NFL's protocol for head injuries, fellow tight end Will Tye will likely scoop up most of the snaps as long as Donnell tends to the malady.
Donnell left Monday's game against the Vikings with a concussion, and he will not return to the contest, Seth Walder of the NY Daily News reports.
Donnell was a step slow to his blocking assignment on a running play, which allowed Vikings LB Anthony Barr to come through the hole and lay a huge hit on the tight end. It was obvious when watching the play that Donnell suffered a concussion, and he was ruled out for the rest of the night almost immediately thereafter. Will Tye, who typically splits snaps with Donnell, will take on an expanded workload for the rest of the night.
Donnell caught three of four targets for 11 yards Sunday versus the Redskins.
Donnell is splitting reps with fellow TE Will Tye, mostly catching short passes in head coach Ben McAdoo's offense.
Donnell caught four of five targets for 24 yards in Sunday's win over New Orleans.
Donnell maintains a slight edge over backup Will Tye to start the year, with a seven-to-six lead in targets through two weeks. Donnell is barely worth a backup spot as he isn't a frequent red-zone target and he hasn't topped 50 yards receiving in a game since Week 13 of 2014, but he appears to be the most reliable of the bunch in New York at the moment.
Donnell's lone reception was a 15-yard touchdown in Sunday's win over Dallas.
Walked out to the slot midway through the second quarter, Donnell split the seam, got behind the defensive back and hauled a touchdown in the back of the end zone. That lone catch made Donnell a solid play in Week 1. The weeks to come are less clear. Donnell never reached 40 yards in eight games in 2015 and scored just twice. Though he is listed atop the depth chart, backup Will Tye - who served admirably when Donnell went down to injury last season - saw more targets on Sunday.
Donnell is listed atop the Giants depth chart at tight end.
It's unclear how the snaps will be split between he and Will Tye. Both are adequate receivers, while neither is a good blocker, but Donnell has more size and is presumably the team's starter.