Donnell was released by the Ravens on Friday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Donnell was signed by the Ravens back at the end of July following a disappointing 2016 season with the Giants. His release shows that Baltimore, even with Crockett Gillmore's season-ending knee injury, feels 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 had a relatively disappointing 2016 campaign with the Giants, pulling in just 15 receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown across 14 games. That prompted the Giants 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 in 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 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.
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