By Chris Vivlamore
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee on a hit from Detroit safety Louis Delmas in the 23-16 victory on October 23.
Mughelli was placed on injured reserve, ending the fullback’s season
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 last 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.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog