Injured knee puts Falcons’ Mughelli out for season

The Falcons will place Ovie Mughelli on injured reserve, ending the fullback’s season.

Mughelli injured his right knee during Sunday’s victory in Detroit. Lions safety Louis Delmas hit Mughelli’s knee during a tackle in the fourth quarter following a 4-yard reception.

Mughelli did not return after the injury and was on crutches following the game.

The Falcons signed Mike Cox on Tuesday to replace Mughelli. Cox, who played at Georgia Tech, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chiefs in 2008. A 6-foot-2, 252-pounder, he played in Kansas City for three seasons. He is the brother of Lucas Cox, also of Georgia Tech, who was in training camp with the Falcons this year.

Mughelli, who made the Pro Bowl last season, had four receptions for 25 yards and two touchdowns this season. He had two carries for one yard. He has cleared the way for much of running back Michael Turner’s 621 yards this season. Mughelli injured his right knee in the season opener against the Bears, missing only practice time.

The Falcons also worked out Mike Karney, Jason McKiee, Lousaka Polite, former Georgia fullback Verron Haynes and Demitri Nance on Tuesday.

- Chris Vivlamore

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Richard

October 25th, 2011
4:17 pm

Twilb Dawg

October 25th, 2011
4:24 pm

Well, crap…better hold on Matt Ryan and hope that O-line steps up…

RMT

October 25th, 2011
4:24 pm

Makes cutting Cox look like a dumb move ..

Hummon

October 25th, 2011
4:24 pm

I am surprised that there has been so much talk about taunting Ryan when Delmas’ tackle seemed far nastier (and far more consequential) in the overall scheme of things.

Van Brocklin

October 25th, 2011
4:24 pm

native atlantan

October 25th, 2011
4:26 pm

Freak accident, and your out for the year. Good thing that big money contract keeps rolling in, just like all of our incomes…gaurenteed ???

Uncork Atlanta

October 25th, 2011
4:26 pm

he will be missed…bummer

Falclone

October 25th, 2011
4:27 pm

Oooooouch!!!! Now I cringe every time Turner gets ths ball….

Astro Joe

October 25th, 2011
4:28 pm

Good luck with the rehab, Ovie. You will be missed on the field (although I suspect the loqacious one will be available for many interviews). Let’s sign Robert Newhouse to a contract, he was always a great blocker.

coachx

October 25th, 2011
4:33 pm

This makes Snelling even more valueable.

Too bad it happened 1 week after the trade deadline.

Falcons 4 Real

October 25th, 2011
4:34 pm

After his tweet Sunday I didn’t expect this. The re-signing of Snells just became that much more of a great move by TD.

Brownie

October 25th, 2011
4:34 pm

I gotta think Robert Newhouse is about 105 years old, isn’t he?? Might as well sign Bob NewHART…

PMC

October 25th, 2011
4:35 pm

Get well soon Ovie! Everyone misses you.

absolutely horrid form from Delmas. Imagine that a helmet indirect contact with a knee would cause serious injury.

I believe at one time that was called spearing. Todays NFL players call it a tackle.

TJ DUckett

October 25th, 2011
4:35 pm

HEY!!!! im available I can block

mountain_jim

October 25th, 2011
4:36 pm

Thank goodness we resigned Snelling this off-season. He at least knows the position while we work in some one else.

FalconsFan

October 25th, 2011
4:36 pm

We could move Jason Snelling to teh FB spot or call up Lucas Cox.

PMC

October 25th, 2011
4:36 pm

in (space) direct.

Seriously though, TERRIBLE play from Delmas.

Tman

October 25th, 2011
4:37 pm

Given the pass protection problems the O line has had this year, this is especially bad. Ovie is the best blocking fullback in football . Hopefully we can sign someone halfway decent, but we can’t really replace him.

Bad Habit

October 25th, 2011
4:39 pm

Hummon is exactly right. That shot to the knee was awful. Delmas’ reaction made me think he did not do it intentionally, but I came out of my seat when I saw it. Knew he was gone.

PMC

October 25th, 2011
4:40 pm

Maybe the Lions aren’t dirty, maybe they just aren’t very good when it comes to understanding how to play?

ATL Fan

October 25th, 2011
4:40 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

October 25th, 2011
4:45 pm

Bob Christian is a free agent.

Dennis

October 25th, 2011
4:50 pm

The way Matt Ryan’s ankle opened up during his injury still makes me cringe. He was VERY lucky to have escaped major injury on that one.

Bro

October 25th, 2011
4:51 pm

Just need a big body that is not afraid to hit. How about a big O-lineman. Sorry they don’t hit now. A Dent would make a great fullback, or how about that Bear linebacker we keep cutting.

PMC

October 25th, 2011
4:51 pm

ha ha, first name that came to mind was Bob Christian too. He’s only what 50?

Maybe Peria Jerry can play fullback. Got to get some kind of return on that investment.

laugh

October 25th, 2011
4:53 pm

It’s only the Falcons.

Why make a fuss over a team that’s never actually won anything?

Bro

October 25th, 2011
4:54 pm

Roddy White needs to shut-up and put up some better numbers. Needs to get away from the defense and get open. Stop the crybaby talk, collect your money and play football. Talk after the game just means he was not man enough to handle it on the field. The lions just need to remember who won………………..

Mave2124

October 25th, 2011
4:55 pm

Hope Ovie has a great recovery, Snelling will be able to step up, but who will be his back-up…Thor or Cox? Time will tell. Hope there isn’t too much of a slip in the running game for Mike T.

Old Falcon

October 25th, 2011
4:55 pm

Bob Christian!!! He’s got to be over 40 years old. Why not bring back Jamal Anderson?

Larry

October 25th, 2011
4:58 pm

Babineaux goes down…Perry comes in
McClure goes down…Hawley comes in
Weatherspoon goes down…Peterson comes in
Moore goes down…Sanders comes in
Jones goes down…Douglass comes in
Abraham goes down…Sidbury and Bierman come in
Baker goes down…Svitek comes in
Ovie goes down…now Snelling takes over.

You have to have good depth to make it through 20 games (4 preseason and 16 regular season) plus the playoffs. The Packers overcame this last season.

This team has better depth than ever…a estimate to Mr’ Dimitroff.

Now, Thank the Good Lord Ryan got up!

Brian F.

October 25th, 2011
4:59 pm

No more WHAM Blocks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

el gato malo

October 25th, 2011
4:59 pm

Players used to wear pants long enough to have knee pads on the inside. Now they wear what looks like lycra shorts mostly without knee pads. Even is they have them, the pants are not long enough for the pads to offer any protection Some of the players do not even wear thigh pads anymore. They look like they are playing touch football..

Paddy

October 25th, 2011
5:00 pm

Brownie…….Robert Newhouse is not 105 yrs old. He is 90. They say he is in great shape. Playing boccie ball every Wed & Sat. Now Jim Taylor wants to come back but he is really 105 yrs old. But he works out in his hover-round almost weekly! You never know.

dean

October 25th, 2011
5:04 pm

I guess that means “I’ll be back real soon.” is a relative term. Damm hate to lose Ovie.
Some get on. Some get off. But the train keeps rolling along.

PMC

October 25th, 2011
5:05 pm

Bob Christian is only 42!

joe white

October 25th, 2011
5:05 pm

RMT cox is on the practice squad plus we have our backup who can do double duty, so we okay, i loved ovie gave us so much and blocked very well was headed back to the pro bowl.

robert

October 25th, 2011
5:06 pm

this makes me sad

Cliff

October 25th, 2011
5:09 pm

Sign Vernon Haynes he already knows the offense

epic quibble

October 25th, 2011
5:09 pm

Snap back with (haskell) Stanback.
That’s all I have to say about that.

SeenThisB4

October 25th, 2011
5:13 pm

GOOD !!! So What

bigcrimson75

October 25th, 2011
5:17 pm

I like Ovie, but we are better off with Snelling anyway. He can catch and run much better. A better check down option for matty ice.

phil

October 25th, 2011
5:19 pm

Laugh DOES make a good point…

We ARE the Falcons and haven’t won squat in all these years….

Losing Ovie is just another step along the way in yet another ultimately futile season….

That said, I hate that he got hurt. Another split second and it never happens.

Head-Mo-Fo

October 25th, 2011
5:22 pm

Get well Ovie!

You will surely be missed.

Eric

October 25th, 2011
5:22 pm

He tore his MCL

Robertatl

October 25th, 2011
5:22 pm

In high school football, I have seen a tackle like Ovie’s called a personal foul. What is the rule in college and the NFL. It sure looked like an intentional hit. Please someone tell me the difference.

BOB

October 25th, 2011
5:23 pm

Snelling has already been sidelined with concussion like symptoms, becoming the lead blocker for Michael Turner is not a good long term career move.

Jamaica Dawg

October 25th, 2011
5:25 pm

That was a vicious, direct hit to the knee whether “legal” or not, it was certainly questionable judgement on Delmas’s part.

Good luck in rehab Ovie, we will really miss you for the rest of the season, you are a workhorse and damn good falcon!!

Jay

October 25th, 2011
5:27 pm

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

DanJ

October 25th, 2011
5:31 pm

They should sign former Saints FB Heath Evans. Maybe he could tip them off how to slow down the New Orleans offense as well!

eddie

October 25th, 2011
5:31 pm

Sorry that happened to you Ovie, as soon as I saw the hit, I cringed…..we will MISS you!