Hester announced Tuesday that he has retired from professional football.
Hester walks away from the NFL as arguably the greatest return specialist ever to take the field, as the 35-year-old registered 14 career punt returns for touchdowns and five touchdowns on kick returns. A four-time Pro Bowler, Hester spent the majority of his career with the Bears, most memorably returning the opening kickoff in Super Bowl 41 for a touchdown in Chicago's loss to Indianapolis. Hester finished out his career with brief stops with the Falcons, Ravens and Seahawks.
The Seahawks are reportedly signing Hester for their upcoming playoff run, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.
Hester played 12 games with the Ravens this season before being waived on Dec. 13. The veteran returner's future was in question following the release, but he will get another shot at providing a spark for the Seahawks this postseason. With Tyler Lockett injured, the team has opted to look outside of the box for a kick and punt returner by signing Hester. He racked up 466 kickoff return yards and 180 punt return yards for the Ravens this season, but also fumbled the ball five times, losing one.
Hester was waived by the Ravens on Tuesday.
Hester failed to call for a fair catch in the Ravens' first offensive possession of Monday's loss to the Patriots, which ultimately led to a safety after the Patriots downed the ball on the 1-yard line. The mistake seemed to be the final straw for the veteran returner, as the team promoted wide receiver and return specialist Michael Campanaro (calf) on Tuesday. Hester, arguably the best return specialist in NFL history, may have trouble finding another stint, as many will question how much the 34-year-old has left in the tank. In 12 games with the Ravens, the he racked up 466 kickoff return yards and 180 punt return yards while fumbling the ball five times, losing just one.
Hester (thigh) is listed as active Sunday versus the Jets in New York.
After logging a DNP last Sunday, Hester will return to the fore as the Ravens' primary return option, looking to build upon a 28.8-yard average kick return this season.
Hester (thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets after logging a full practice Friday.
Hester, who was inactive last Sunday, missed practice due to a thigh issue prior to Friday's full session, but that late-week involvement could be enough for him to face the Jets. While his status will need to be confirmed one way or the other this Sunday, Hester's contributions have been restricted to special teams in Baltimore.
Hester (thigh) did not participate at Wednesday's practice, Garrett Downing of the Ravens' official site reports.
Hester has not practiced since doing so on a limited basis last Wednesday, so his prospects don't look promising for Week 7's matchup with the Jets. If the veteran Hester is unable to suit up, expect Ladarius Webb and Chris Moor to fill his role in the return game.
Hester (thigh) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Giants.
Hester missed practice both Thursday and Friday, so he was a long shot to suit up for Sunday's contest. Ladarius Webb and Chris Moore are both potential candidates to fill in for Hester in the return game.
Hester (thigh) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Hester was listed as questionable with a thigh injury the past two weeks, ultimately able to play both times. He's probably one bad game away from losing his job, as he's made some poor decisions while fielding punts, and has also fumbled on two of his 18 returns. Considering he's strictly a return specialist -- with no value on offense or other special teams units -- he needs to perform at a high level to justify the use of a roster spot. Replacement options in the return game include S Lardarius Webb, CB Tavon Young, WR Chris Moore and RBs Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West
Hester (thigh) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
The return specialist went from limited participation on Wednesday to no participation Thursday, which isn't a reassuring sign that he'll be on the field this Sunday against the Giants. However, the veteran has played through the aliment the past couple of weeks, so his absence from Thursday's practice could simply be the team taking a precautionary measure to assure he'll be ready to go for Week 6. Look for more updates to come as kickoff approaches with Lardarius Webb and Chris Moore likely to share return responsibilities if Hester is ultimately ruled out.
Hester (thigh) is active for Sunday's Week 5 tilt versus the Redskins.
The special teams ace could get a decent amount of work in the return game in a game projected to be a back-and-forth contest. Hester flashed some of his trademark skills on in Week 4 versus the Raiders with a 60-yard kickoff runback and has logged 305 combined yards on kickoff and punt returns this season overall.
Hester (thigh) is expected to play in Sunday's game against Washington, though he is technically listed as questionable, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Hester played through the same injury Sunday against Oakland,, working strictly as a return specialist. He figures to reprise the same role after breaking off a 60-yard kickoff return last week.
Hester (thigh) missed practice on Thursday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.coM reports.
Hester hasn't practiced all week after playing through his thigh aliment last Sunday. Look for more updates to come later in the week, with Chris Moore and Lardarius Webb slated to fill in as returners if Hester isn't cleared to play.
Hester (thigh) did not practice on Wednesday.
Hester was limited in practice all of last week, but it's unclear if he had suffered a setback in Week 4. For the time being, he's considered questionable to play this Sunday against Washington.
Hester (thigh) is active for Sunday's game against Oakland.
Hester was a limited participant in practice all week, but will suit up to resume his regular role in the return game Sunday afternoon. He'll look to bounce back after losing a fumble in Week 3's victory over Jacksonville.
Hester (thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Oakland.
Strictly a return specialist at this stage in his career, Hester still appears to have his speed, but he muffed a punt in last week's win over the Jaguars. If he misses Sunday's game, the Ravens could turn to any of Lardarius Webb, Steve Smith, Chris Moore, Tavon Young or Terrance West in the return game.
Head coach John Harbaugh said Hester will return both punts and kickoffs Sunday against the Bills, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.
Hester won't have any kind of role on offense, but his dual responsibilities on special teams could give him some value in return-yardage leagues. While the Ravens might eventually try to draw up a few plays for Hester on offense, it would be unwise to expect anything of the sort in Week 1.
Hester signed a one-year deal with the Ravens on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
Hester worked out for the Ravens on Friday and was able to impress the coaching staff, which has now resulted in a one-year contract. He's coming off an injury-riddled 2015 campaign where he took part in just five games with the Falcons due to a turf toe injury. However, Hester should be back to full strength and will attempt to stick with the Ravens, so look for him to make an impact on special teams as a returner, while also adding depth to the team's wide receiving corps.
Hester worked out for the Ravens on Friday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Hester's workout with Baltimore comes after he was released by the Falcons back in July. Although a nagging turf toe injury troubled him since last season, Hester did pass his latest physical with the Falcons, which surely helped his free agent prospects. In fact, after working out with the Ravens on Friday, Baltimore's intention to release receiver/returner Keenan Reynolds became known, thus indicating the veteran Hester could sign with the team soon.
Hester (toe) does not plan to retire after being released by the Falcons on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Hester played just five games while battling a toe injury for the majority of last season, eventually undergoing surgery in January with a recovery timetable estimated at 4-6 months. Though it's possible the toe is still a concern, Hester did pass a physical before he was released by Atlanta, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. Hester's reputation should ensure that he gets a chance to compete for a return job with another team, but he'll likely be on the roster bubble wherever he lands. He played just one snap on offense last season, and he wasn't particularly impressive as a return man during his two-year stint in Atlanta. Regardless of how his career ends, the 33-year-old long ago cemented his reputation as the best return specialist in NFL history, recording four separate seasons with three or more special teams TDs.
Hester (toe) was released by the Falcons on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
Hester dealt with a toe injury throughout most of the 2015 season, playing in just five games and eventually undergoing surgery in January. He didn't have a role in the Atlanta offense, strictly working as a return specialist when he was active after catching 38 passes for 504 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. While arguably the best return man in NFL history, Hester could have trouble finding work, as he's 33 and may still be recovering from the surgery.