The Ravens waived veteran returner Devin Hester on Tuesday, following another bad game that was a microcosm of his entire season.
Hester’s indecisiveness in fielding punts put the Ravens in poor field position several times over the course of the season. It happened again Monday night, when a punt that Hester neglected to catch was downed by the Patriots, pinning the Ravens at the one-yard line. On the next play, the Patriots tackled running back Kenneth Dixon in the end zone for a safety.
Hester also fumbled five times this season, and despite being the NFL’s all-time return leader in yards and touchdowns, it was clear his skill set had diminished at age 34. With the Ravens (7-6) fighting for a playoff spot, the decision was made that Hester had been given enough chances.
Wide receiver Michael Campanaro is expected to be promoted to the 53-man roster from the practice squad, and he's expected to take over the return duties. Campanaro was waived with an injury designation (calf) before the season, but he was re-signed in November and has been eager for another opportunity. That opportunity for Campanaro should begin Sunday, when the Ravens host the Eagles.