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Devonta Freeman Promoted to 53-Man Roster

Baltimore Ravens
17 Sep 2021, 05:25 GMT+10

Clifton Brown

After spending his first week with the Ravens on the practice squad, veteran running back Devonta Freeman has been.promoted to the 53-man roster.

The Ravens signed Freeman on Sept. 9 after season-ending injuries to J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill. Freeman will join running backs Ty'Son Williams and Latavius Murray on the 53-man roster. Baltimore also signed veteran running back Le'Veon Bell to the practice squad last week.

Freeman and Murray were both with the New Orleans Saints during preseason before being released at the end of August.

The 29-year-old Freeman had his best seasons with the Atlanta Falcons when he gained more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back years (2015-16).

Head Coach John Harbaugh said he was pleased with the play of Williams (nine carries, 65 yards, one touchdown) and Murray (10 carries, 28 yards, one touchdown) in Week 1, but Freeman brings additional depth and experience to the running back rotation.

"We have four good guys in here, and those guys are all going to be a big part of what we're doing going forward," Harbaugh said Wednesday. "I'm excited about having those four guys. I think we were very, very blessed, the fact that those guys were available when our guys got hurt. So, it's big. They're good players, and they're going to play well."

The Ravens have also signed offensive tackle Foster Sarell to their practice squad. Sarell spent the summer with Baltimore as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Stanford. Following Tyre Phillips' knee injury that landed him on injured reserve, Sarell is now the second offensive tackle Baltimore has brought back to the practice squad this week, joining veteran Andre Smith.

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