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Falcons sign former Patriots RB Stevan Ridley; release LB A.J. Hawk

The Atlanta Falcons are looking for insurance with the latest injury to running back Tevin Coleman and they went outside the organization to get it on Tuesday.

The team announced today that former New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley has been signed. They also signed running back Terron Ward to the active roster and running back Jhurell Pressley to the practice squad.

Ridley, a former third-round draft pick by the Patriots back in 2011 out of LSU, spent the first four seasons of his career in New England before joining the New York Jets last year. He’s played in 61 games during his five-year career, with 52 of them coming with the Patriots. In total, he has 2,907 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns.

The running back was most recently with the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts, spending time with both of them this offseason. But he was released before the year started and has not played in a game yet during the 2016 regular season.

Ward, who played for the Falcons last season, was signed by Atlanta as a free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft. He rushed for 95 yards on 29 carries and had one touchdown with the team last year.

To make room for the extra running back, linebacker A.J. Hawk was released. He previously signed with the team in Week Five to add linebacker depth but sparingly saw the field. At age 32, the former first-round pick is certainly past the best years of his career and he’ll now need to find a new team to continue playing.

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