Fullback Ovie Mughelli suffered torn MCL

 

Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli suffered a torn MCL in his right knee and will finished the season on injured reserve. (Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com)

Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli suffered a torn MCL in his right knee and will finished the season on injured reserve. (Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com)

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

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35 comments Add your comment

Rikus

October 31st, 2011
1:19 pm

Feel better soon Ovie! Work hard at rehab, be patient, and we’ll see you next year.

Fred-D

October 31st, 2011
1:36 pm

Did this team forget its identity to the point that they didn’t have a true back up fullback to pave the way for the running game? Were they so preoccupied with being more “explosive” that they figured one, albeit the best fullback in football is enough. I sure hope this team doesn’t move away from its identity (ground game & clock management). If you have, to hold weekly auditions for the fb position until the season ends. Just don’t stop pounding the ball.

falcon

October 31st, 2011
1:37 pm

Good luck with your recovery OM!

Mr. Phil

October 31st, 2011
1:38 pm

How much of the load do we think Snelling can carry. I think that we can play to Snells strengths a little bit and be as productive if not more so. Very slight tweek to our offense and everything should be ok Although obviously, this is not the ideal situation.

warfalcons

October 31st, 2011
1:39 pm

Get well Ovie we willo still need you nest season.Thanks for the good blocks.

phil

October 31st, 2011
1:41 pm

I think we’re a better team now with Snelling playing at FB…He can catch the ball, run with it, block….if he stays healthy, this will make us better.

Einstein

October 31st, 2011
2:18 pm

Snelling could prove to be a better blocker for Turner…he’s shiftier…faster…may not be as big and bulky as Ovie but Snelling can open holes for Turner as well…they may even be bigger.

Einstein

October 31st, 2011
2:20 pm

Think about it…you have a player that has played running back blocking for another running back…he knows which linebacker needs to be picked off and when Turner will be at the hole…basically he knows exactly what Turner is thinking when he takes the handoff…because Snelling is a RB normally himself…this could be a blessing in disguise sort of like the absence of Julio.

GT GRAD

October 31st, 2011
2:26 pm

Ovie is a stud FB and he seems like an awesome person; I sincerely hope he gets to 100% ASAP. With regard to the Falcons………I also think we are more difficult to defend with Snelling at FB. He is a more than adequate blocker, he has great hands for short passes, he is quicker and more elusive than Ovie as a RB. Snelling and Rodgers (with Gonzo, White & almost any other WR) would be very tough to defend from inside the 10 yard line!

St Simons - we're on Island time

October 31st, 2011
3:03 pm

my favorite falcon

Was that a fair or a cheap shot by Delmas? I honestly didn’t see it

BC

October 31st, 2011
3:23 pm

Must be a slow Monday Recycled story.Hard to replace Ovie .Is Mike Cox the best we can find?

Say It Aint So

October 31st, 2011
3:26 pm

Fred what happens when a defense like TB loads the box and stops the run. Gotta be able to thow the ball as well. Its not like we got a bunch of blazers back there hitting the hole at full speed.

Banned

October 31st, 2011
3:57 pm

Fred-D

October 31st, 2011
3:58 pm

If I sounded like I wanted the team to virtually abandon the pass, that’s not what I meant. I just want this team to not forget where their bread is buttered. Truth be told, I like seeing this team in the no-huddle with Ryan pretty much running the show.

JeanE

October 31st, 2011
4:36 pm

Wish you the best in your recovery Ovie! But I am very confident in Jason, which is why we have him. He’s a differenct facet to the game, don’t feel like we lost a whole lot, how ’bout some more sceen passes?!

JMar

October 31st, 2011
4:38 pm

He’ll be making $3 mill in the last year of his contract; still one of the highest paid fullbacks in the league and coming off major surgery. He may need to restructure if he wants to stay a Falcon.

REAL FALCONS FAN

October 31st, 2011
5:01 pm

OVIE BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOURS ! YOU OVIE ARE THE ULTIMATE ATLANTA FALCON ! THE TEAM AND FAN’S WILL MISS YOU,AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU BACK PLAYING IN CAMP . GET WELL OVIE YOUR CITY AND TEAM NEED YOU.

ME TOO

October 31st, 2011
5:37 pm

If you think about it, Michael Turner took two spots on the roster before OM was hurt. How many other teams are more concerned with blocking than scoring touchdowns. NONE!!

Najeh Davenpoop

October 31st, 2011
6:08 pm

“The Falcons signed Mike Cox last Tuesday to replace Mughelli.”

I thought this was a family blog.

Ackshun

October 31st, 2011
6:14 pm

Could be worse. We could have dropped our drawers and got beaten by the RAMS!

Loyal for the next hundned

October 31st, 2011
6:32 pm

oh no.. There goes the running game.. Now what?

Lesa

October 31st, 2011
8:13 pm

Ugh, wish this hadn’t happened. Ovie brings it every week; he’s one of my favorite Falcons. Take care Ovie. We’ll see you back in uniform next season.

D-Man

October 31st, 2011
8:21 pm

GET WELL SOON OVIE!! YOU’RE A CLASS ACT THAT WILL BE MISSED!!

TechRon

October 31st, 2011
8:48 pm

Great fullback and a great guy! Get well soon, we need you for next year!

StevoDeg

October 31st, 2011
8:48 pm

St Simons: It was not a cheap shot, but it was one of those tackles that looks like something will go wrong every time. His leg planted just as Delmas was making contact, so if his foot is in the air, he would be fine. Here it is if you’re not squeamish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCBN5Fr-Ums

Get well soon Ovie!

John

October 31st, 2011
9:27 pm

I don’t know what everyone else saw, but Delmas could have aimed anywhere but the knee because he knew Ovie never saw him and he could have hit him anywhere but the side of the knee and he would have tackled him, that was a cheap shot and if it had been a qb, he would have been ejected immediately. I hope Delmas gets his soon. Good luck Ovie, you’re a true Falcon and get well soon.

atl_native

October 31st, 2011
9:44 pm

I’m with u John. Delmas had a choice and he CHOSE Ovie’s knees. Detroit cheap shot artists.

Road Scholar

November 1st, 2011
8:35 am

Didn’t the Falcons just sign Snelling to replace Ovie? What happened to Cox?

Blue

November 1st, 2011
8:57 am

John and atl_native (should be atl_naive); really? So while both guys were in full speed,it is your contention that a guy has the ability to target a specific body part? What I saw was a guy who was probaly thinking “I better freaking get LOW on this guy or he’ll bowl me over)…like most DB’s are going to do when tackling such a huge fullback. There is not time at that speed to think “yeah…I’ll choose his knee”. You guys are drunk. Unfortunate play, but not a cheap shot.

SPS

November 1st, 2011
10:15 am

Sort of good news really. An MCL tear is easier to fix than an ACL. He should be fine by next year’s training camp.

Jimbo

November 1st, 2011
11:53 am

I wasn’t a cheap shot, it was a defensive back taking a bigger man down low. It’s football.

Jimbo

November 1st, 2011
11:53 am

Sorry, It wasn’t a cheap shot.

atl_native

November 1st, 2011
5:12 pm

Blue, u make me wonder if you’ve ever played. You do have some control over where u hit a guy. You all cry double standards. When it’s a helmet hit on a guy ESPECIALLY A QB then a guy should’ve known and subsequently gets fined. When it’s done to a “tough guy” you call it an unfoftunate play. Delmas had the timing advantage but chose to go at knees to avoid being trucked. Not a valid reason to end a guy’s season.
I’m sorry. Unacceptable.
No horsecollaring.
No direct helmet hits.
No wedges on kickoffs.
But diving at knees is acceptable & ends more seasons prematurely than any of those.

atl_native

November 1st, 2011
5:14 pm

Exhibit #2…. Look at the immature culture on display in Detroit each week. No respect for the game let alone an opponents health.
I guess guys that mock Christianity are above cheap shots (see how they treated Tebow)

atl_native

November 1st, 2011
5:22 pm

Exhibit #3… Over the past 3 weeks the Lions have gone from a coach having to be separated to glorifying an injured player (Matt Ryan) to taunting a guy’s faith (Tebow). Their culture is sickening!