Posted: 11:55 pm Friday, March 21st, 2014
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
Bradie Ewing, who was injury-prone with the Falcons, was released by the team on Friday.
Ewing, 24, was selected by the Falcons in the fifth-round (157th overall) of the 2012 NFL draft.
Ewing, 6-foot and 239 pounds, appeared in two games last season before being placed on injured reserved on Sept. 16 with a separated shoulder.
In 2012, Ewing had a strong training camp going until he suffered a knee injury in the exhibition season opener against Baltimore.
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.
He missed his entire rookie season, but came back strong after that offseason.
Before the injury, the Falcons were counting on Ewing to replace former Pro Bowler Ovie Mughelli. The position has been in a state of flux over the past two seasons. Mike Cox ended up being the main fullback in 2012 and last season Patrick DiMarco held the job.
Last season, the Falcons were confident enough in Ewing’s rehab that they did not extend a tender offer to Cox, who could have served as an insurance policy.
Ewing showed some pass-catching ability and the Falcons were hoping that he could serve as a lead-blocker.