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Veteran Return Man Devin Hester Released By The Atlanta Falcons
After just two seasons, the Atlanta Falcons have released 33-year-old veteran return man Devin Hester as reported on Tuesday. A toe injury caused Hester to miss the first 11 games of the 2015 season. He had surgery for the injury this past January and has not participated in any offseason activities as he recovers.
Falcons release Devin Hester, who is recovering from toe surgery. Hester: NFL record for most career return TD (20). pic.twitter.com/zJgpdXr5xb
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 26, 2016
“We made a move today with Devin Hester, releasing Devin, and we appreciate all of Devin’s contributions over the last couple years. A fine individual,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Tuesday in a statement. “He passed his physical, and it was a football decision for us in the very end. Obviously there are business moves when we make a move like we did with Devin, but that wasn’t what was directing our other potential acquisitions, not at all.”
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Hester has no plans to retire at this time.
Update on 2 ex-#Falcons: Devin Hester has no plans to retire, while Roddy White is in contact with a few teams & he wants to play, I’m told
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2016
“At the end of the day, I feel like it’s going to come down to how my toe feels,” Hester said told ESPN.com in May. “If my toe isn’t ready, then I can’t fault them for letting me go because it’s a business. I can’t go around thinking I’m safe if I’m not playing. I do understand that.”