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.
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