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Report: Le'Veon Bell to sign with New York Jets

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Report: Le'Veon Bell to sign with New York Jets

Le'Veon Bell has made his decision on where he will play in 2019.

The running back is expected to sign with the New York Jets, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Bell tweeted this out shortly after news broke.

Despite sitting out the entire 2018 season, Bell became one of the hottest free agents on the market in what's been a wild 2019 offseason. Among those interested were the Ravens and Raiders, but the Jets ultimately landed the three-time Pro Bowler.  

Bell will earn approximately $13 million per year of this contract, totally $52.2 million over four years. The deal has a max value of $61 million and includes $35 million guaranteed, according to Schefter.

Bell dropped a mixtape at midnight, which many awaited with bated breath, hoping he would hide the announcement in the lyrics. One conspiracy theory proved true:

Drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Bell became the fastest player in NFL history to hit 5,000 rushing yards and 2,500 receiving yards in his career. He also became the first player in NFL history with at least 4,000 rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards in his first 20 games.

NBC Sports Washington's Lisa Redmond contributed to this story.

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Hayden Hurst sending signed jersey to fan he headbutted in TD celebration

Hayden Hurst sending signed jersey to fan he headbutted in TD celebration

Ravens tight end and self-proclaimed #HockeyGuy Hayden Hurst is spreading the holiday cheer as he makes amends for a celebration injury he caused a fan in the stands.

Over Week 14 in Buffalo, Hurst caught a 61-yard toss from QB Lamar Jackson and rushed in to the end zone for his second touchdown of the season. With excitement, Hurst leaped in to the stands to celebrate with fans. In the process, there was some helmet-to-head contact.

Shortly thereafter, Hurst found this tweet that was sent out after the Ravens beat the Bills:

Thanks to social media, a connection was made, and the lucky fan with not only get his gloves but a signed jersey as well.

With warning to future fans down front, Hurst has well established that he is, indeed, a Hockey Guy and will continue to "crash the boards" aka leap in to the stands. 

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Ronnie Stanley absent from practice for second day in a row with concussion

Ronnie Stanley absent from practice for second day in a row with concussion

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — While the Ravens appear to have dodged a sticky situation with Lamar Jackson, the same can’t be said for left tackle Ronnie Stanley. 

He missed Tuesday’s practice with a concussion, and didn’t practice on Monday either. Meaning, the odds don’t look great for Stanley's chances to play on Thursday against the Jets. 

“I’m not going to get into injuries,” coach John Harbaugh said Monday when asked about Stanley’s injury specifically. “We just got done playing the game 24 hours ago. We’re going to play a game Thursday night. The guys that are ready to play will play, the guys that aren’t won’t. So, just look at the injury report and take it from there.”

Should Stanley be unable to play, the presumed starter would be James Hurst, a sixth-year tackle. Hurst has played in every game thus far, but hasn’t played meaningful snaps at tackle for a long stretch of time all year. 

Parker Ehringer, on the roster as a guard, played a bit of everything in college at Cincinnati, and could be called upon to be the backup swing tackle on Thursday.

It’s the second injury the offensive line has faced in recent weeks, as former starting center Matt Skura was lost for the season with a knee injury. Because of that, left guard Bradley Bozeman has had new partners on his left and his right in recent weeks.

“Me and James are good, we call each other brothers,” Bozeman said. “Me, Ben (Powers) and James, they say we all look alike...but we work together a lot. We’re good on our combinations, so it’ll be fine. No matter what happens, we’ll be good.”

If the Ravens have a new left tackle in Hurst on Thursday, there’s still a strong level of confidence in the NFL’s best rush offense. 

“That’s part of the O-line,” Bozeman said. “People go down, people get hurt. But it’s next guy up. All these guys are prepared and ready to roll. I’m not worried about a single guy that’s coming into play.”

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