OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Le’Veon Bell is signing with the Ravens practice squad, according to multiple reports.
The addition of Bell comes after the Ravens lost a pair of running backs this offseason. J.K. Dobbins suffered a season-ending knee injury and Justice Hill went down with a torn Achilles.
Bell ran just 63 times for 254 yards and two touchdowns in nine games with the Kansas City Chiefs last season. He then had a falling out with coach Andy Reid.
Bell has a history with Baltimore after spending five seasons with its AFC North rival, Pittsburgh Steelers.
He is 5-5 with 807 yards rushing and seven touchdowns against the Ravens. Bell has also caught 49 passes for 349 yards with another three scores.
Overall, Bell has run for 6,453 yards with 40 touchdowns over eight seasons.
Baltimore will carry three running backs and rotate them on the 53-man roster. The Ravens led the NFL in rushing in each of the past two years.
Gus Edwards will remain the starter with Ty’Son Williams perhaps behind him on the depth chart. However, the addition of Bell gives Baltimore another veteran presence, albeit a player who is looking to resurrect his career.
“We’ve had confidence in Gus, really, since his rookie season,” offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. “I mean, he was an undrafted player that really impressed us. He made his way onto the roster in the regular season, and he’s done nothing but impress since. He’s our kind of guy.
“He’s really built for what we do. He’s going to get more of a workload now, not to say that it won’t still be a committee.”
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