Beanie Wells is an NFL free agent looking for work. He had a team, the Baltimore Ravens, that sought some running back depth, and it appeared that the two sides were heading toward a contract offer.
That is, until Wells reportedly tore his Achilles tendon during the workout. The star-crossed former first-round pick suffered the injury while working out for the Ravens last week, according to the Baltimore Sun, and will be out for the remainder of the season.
Players occasionally will re-aggravate preexisting injuries during workouts for teams, but suffering such a serious ailment is extremely rare in the non-contact drills.
Wells' career hasn't panned out as expected after being the 31st pick in the draft by the Arizona Cardinals in 2009 after the team had just lost the Super Bowl. The former Ohio State star struggled with consistency his first few seasons before breaking out in 2011, with a 1,047-yard, 10-TD season that included a Cardinals-record 228 rushing yards in a game against the Rams.
Although Wells won't turn 26 until next August, he has been beset by fumbles (10 career on 653 touches) and injuries, including a chronic knee problem and a toe ailment that landed him on injured reserve for a chunk of the 2012 season. The Cardinals waived him in March.
The Ravens instead turned to ex-Bengal Bernard Scott, whom they signed Monday morning instead of Wells. The team's top two backs, Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, have been banged up much of the season.
Now we must wonder if Wells' career ever will get back on track. What a brutal blow, and a sign of just how cruel this game can be at times.
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