Atlanta Falcons: Bradie Ewing out for season

Vivlamore reporting.

Falcons rookie fullback Bradie Ewing is out for the season after suffering a knee injury in Thursday night’s exhibition season opener against Baltimore, according to coach Mike Smith.

“Unfortunately, we have to announce that Bradie Ewing will miss the entire season after sustaining a knee injury in last night’s contest,” Smith said in a statement Friday. “As a result, we will be placing him on injured reserve tomorrow. Bradie is a talented player and I know he and our training staff will do everything they can to ensure a full recovery.”

Ewing was injured on special teams. He went down with 6:56 remaining in the first quarter on the Ravens’ second punt of the game. After being helped from the field, Ewing was taken to the locker room on a cart and did not return.

Smith did not have an update on Ewing’s condition following the game but made the announcement of the season-ending injury Friday evening.

Ewing, a former walk-on at Wisconsin, was a fifth-round (157th overall) pick. He was expected to compete with Mike Cox for the starting fullback position. His acquisition led the Falcons to release Pro Bowler Ovie Mughelli.

Ewing (5-foot-11, 243 pounds) has shown the ability to catch the ball early in camp.

- Chris Vivlamore


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113 comments Add your comment


August 10th, 2012
5:58 pm

Dang the pre season games, especially with the Ravens.


August 10th, 2012
5:59 pm

feel bad for the kid but what a waste of a draft pick

Nite Owl

August 10th, 2012
6:10 pm

I was really looking forward to seeing what he could do. He sounded like he could really be a weapon in our offense—not only blocking, but catching and running after the catch.

Here’s hoping he comes back full-strength next year and does his thing.


August 10th, 2012
6:16 pm

“His acquisition led the Falcons to release Pro Bowler Ovie Mughelli.” Or maybe the other way around: they acquired Ewing because they wanted to save some bucks and let Ovie go.


August 10th, 2012
6:20 pm

As a life-long Falcons fan and Wisconsin alumnus, I’m very sad to hear that. He was very sound as a run blocker and out-of-the-backfield receiver for the Badgers and would have been a tremendous help for the Falcons. I hope he can bounce back and help out next year!

Brian F.

August 10th, 2012
6:20 pm

Terrible news Orlando !! I had high hopes for this kid THIS year !!


August 10th, 2012
6:30 pm

Snelling can play FB?


August 10th, 2012
6:34 pm

Get well Bradie, avoid Jeff Fish!!!

Chris Vivlamore

August 10th, 2012
6:35 pm

D: Snelling has played a little fullback but I think the Falcons want him in more of a running role and catches passes out of the backfield to lessen load on Michael Turner.

joey harrington

August 10th, 2012
6:38 pm

shouldn’t have had he and dent on special teams no matter what excuse they use


August 10th, 2012
6:38 pm

When will the Falcon stop playing the Ravens in preseason? Every year we lose several players to injury against them…Vick, Norwood, etc. the list goes on and on. C’mon guys find someone else to play I’m tired of this happening every single year!!


August 10th, 2012
6:47 pm

they definitely should not have had Dent on special teams. FB’s are a dime a dozen and I think they are going away from the ground and pound this year.

Another Rick

August 10th, 2012
6:57 pm


August 10th, 2012
6:59 pm

someone correct me if im wrong but does this mean ewing, douglas, walker, peters, grimes and dent are all now injured? and the freakin season didnt even start yet?


August 10th, 2012
6:59 pm

For gosh sake – quit playing the Ravens in the pre-seson – someone is always hurt in this game!!

Chub Rock

August 10th, 2012
7:01 pm

Hate it for the kid. This puts a big question mark on his football career. I personally thought Mike Cox showed enough not to even need to draft a FB. Cox is more like Ovie IMO.Big kid at 250 lbs. If Cox can show well, Ewing might be somewhere else next season. The good thing is it happened early so he should be close to being healed by training camp 2013. With Quizz and Snelling and Turner catching screens and dump offs, Ewing was not gonna see too many catches anyway. Cox will be just fine.

old qb

August 10th, 2012
7:08 pm

So much for a pass-catching versatile fullback.
And by the way, if Dent is out for any length of time that means Peterson is now our starter in the middle. Didn’t we waive him after last season? Our linebacker corps is paper-thin to begin with. This area was ignored in the draft. Tatupu was slightly more than wishful thinking. Now we’re stuck with grabbing some slug off the waiver wire. Third down should be a continuation of last year.


August 10th, 2012
7:17 pm

Mike Cox was a beast of a FB when he started last season… He wasn’t all world but he has MORE than enough talent to hold down the FB spot, he has a offseason under his belt. Bradie Ewing ceiling was higher, especially as a receiver, but I kinda figured fate would choose him to miss the season. Every time I seen his name It stuck with me in a bad way… Hope he recovers sooner rather than later.


August 10th, 2012
7:24 pm

Man this season is slowly starting to remind me of the Packers SB year… Their whole team was hurt that year…but the qb carried the team.


August 10th, 2012
7:25 pm

Maybe Saban will place a fullback on waivers.


August 10th, 2012
7:28 pm

run production slowed down when mugheli went down. cox may be okay, but he’s nothing to be excited about. i am worried about our lbs even more now. we should bring in one more for insurance. but who, channing crowder?

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Preseason Waste

August 10th, 2012
7:39 pm

NFL should just do away with preseason. Accomplishes little or nothing, and just exposes these guys to more opportunities to be injured or end their career in games that are literally meaningless in every sense of the word.

Chub Rock

August 10th, 2012
7:40 pm

Dent will be just fine health wise and Peterson was not waived last year, his contract was up. Mike P will be OK as a backup just as long as he is not counted on for too many games in a row. Who knows what Tatupu was gonna have left anyway? Crowder is a loud mouth with little or no talent. Not one team has even brought the guy in for a workout and he’s been healthy for 2 years lol. I remember Spencer Adkins being clocked at 4.4 in the forty on his Pro day…he didn’t look anything like a 4.4 guy last night. Robert James shocked me with some plays though. IMO we are better off at MLB depth than we are at QB depth. I hate to say it but if Matt goes down it’s a wrap on the season.

Mr. Thomas Anthony 'The Taxman' Jones, SR

August 10th, 2012
7:57 pm

The stupid falcons should have kept Mr. Ovie Mughelli. They wanted to bring in a untested rookie fullback who is now injuried. This is Ridiculous. Utterly Ridiculous! The falcons Braintrust has a IQ total of 50. The Atlanta Falcons keep trying to sabotage Mr. Michael Turner’s great career. Michael, man you should have stayed iN san Diego where you were appreciated by the true Football fans of the Southern California Area. Great Running backs need great Fullbacks as blockers. Ovie Mughelli was a Pro-Bowl caliber Fullback. Mike Smith and that dummy you call a GM should be ran out of town on a rail. If Mike Smith and his boss the over-rated GM does not get us a Play-off victory this year they are Toast. We want the losing Duo out of the city Yesterday! I called North American Van Lines today and I personnally have reserved large Moving Vans to be in front of their homes come Christmas Day 2012. They did not want the job and I had to turn the job over to the Two and a Building Truck. I think we can burn their stuff a lot easier that way. We do not tolerate losers here in Marhtasville/Atlanta, Georgia. Win or Die!!!!

SeenThis B4

August 10th, 2012
8:08 pm

Whiners. Injuries are part of the game.

Flacons never learn

August 10th, 2012
8:09 pm

OK….Flacons let Lofton go and his repalcement gets a seasoin ending injruy.

They let Mughilie go and his replacement gets a season ending injruy.

Way 2 go Tommy Dummytroff!

First time Season Tix Holder

August 10th, 2012
8:16 pm

Anyone else get hassled by Dome security? I did, got arrested and now I want to sue. I want to prove they are jerks and are like this all the time.

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August 10th, 2012
8:26 pm

Our shortsightedness in continually trading away draft picks is the reason for our glaring lack of depth. Dimitroff also needs to quit drafting injury prone players. There’s an old saying that “History is the key to the future”. In football terms, an injury prone player no matter how great a talent or how nice a man he is will usually end up getting injured. Ewing is done for the season and will be slow and ineffective a year from now because returning from an ACL is usually a 2-3 year recovery time. Just look at the history of Peria Jerry, another injury prone pick of Dimitroff. He may finally be returning to form after 2 years of recovery from his knee injury.

Big Crimson 75

August 10th, 2012
8:31 pm

Sorry jack, we don’t use a full back in our Offense.
Go Julio

bo joe ellis

August 10th, 2012
8:45 pm

It was not a wasted draft pick..Crap happens and could have happen to anyone. The Falcons have a damn good GM and he will pick up another back.

Get well Ewing and look for your return next year.


August 10th, 2012
8:50 pm

“Man this season is slowly starting to remind me of the Packers SB year… Their whole team was hurt that year”

Nope, that team had built quality depth (offense, defense, and special teams) for the three prior seasons… They were primed, Aaron Rodgers did not come alive until the next to last game of the season. He actually played only OK in the playoff opener versus the Eagles and struggled against the Bears… Still, after the 2nd offensive series against the Falcons, he was unstoppable!

Defense wins Titles

August 10th, 2012
8:53 pm

GM Dimitroff, l keep telling you stay away from weaker conference players and draft SEC players. Sorry for kid, but he never went up against best competition every week and became a stud. Was it and SEC player that injured the young man. Draft SEC dang it.

Defense wins Titles

August 10th, 2012
8:56 pm

1st teams handled Ravens. Are Falcons 2nd and 3rd teams really bad or what? Why the collapse last night?

Mike Franklin

August 10th, 2012
9:07 pm

The Ravens have been a pox on us with preseason injuries…

… next time, can we install scab players?

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August 10th, 2012
9:08 pm

Peria Jerry and Dent are SEC prime beef, so much for that myth!


August 10th, 2012
9:45 pm

Pu**y Falcons … the Steelers have to play those thugs twice a year…
and that was without Ray, and his posse ]


August 10th, 2012
9:47 pm

First time Season Tix Holder What were you arrested for?


August 10th, 2012
10:11 pm

Never trust a man in a bow tie.


August 10th, 2012
10:24 pm

Yeah there Season Tix Holder. Would LOVE to know how someone gets arrested at the first pre-season game. Those watered down Bud Lights too much for you to handle?


August 10th, 2012
10:25 pm

My son told me, “never trust a man in wheel-chair with muddy shoes.”

I thought that was funny.


August 10th, 2012
10:37 pm

the glass is half empty, the glass is half empty. The sky is falling, the sky is falling. Get an FN grip people. It’s just football, preseason no less.

Hamad Meander

August 10th, 2012
10:50 pm

Would the Falcons please schedule someone else in the preseason – it seems we play the Ravens every year. I hate that we lose Bradie for the year and I hate it worse that we don’t have Ovie anymore. Can we trade the Rams back for Ovie? We need a 250 lb FB for those 4th and 1 situations that we seemed really bad at last season.


August 10th, 2012
10:56 pm

How is he a waste of a draft pick after a single pre-season game. Bradie Ewing got hurt. He didn’t die.

He still has a shot at a long, productive career and we own his rights…

Rachel Phelps

August 10th, 2012
10:57 pm

This guy her is dead….Cross him off then.

JSS short for JackaSS

August 10th, 2012
11:19 pm

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August 10th, 2012
11:40 pm

Atl will be lucky to make the playoffs. If they do, out in round 1 again.

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