Falcons sign Stevan Ridley, release A.J. Hawk

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The Falcons spent Monday coming up with plans to deal with running back Tevin Coleman’s injury and they addressed the need for other options by adding a pair of runners to the roster on Tuesday.

The team announced that they have signed veteran Stevan Ridley and promoted Terron Ward from the practice squad.

Ridley spent the summer with the Lions and Colts, but failed to crack the backfield rotation in either spot. He played eight games for the Jets last season, running 36 times for 90 yards after wrapping up rehab for the torn ACL he suffered with the Patriots in 2014. Ward played in 13 games for the Falcons last season.

To make room on the roster, the Falcons released linebacker A.J. Hawk and offensive lineman Mike Person. Hawk signed with the team a few weeks ago when they needed some depth due to injuries, but never saw a defensive snap and may be at the end of the line after 11 years in the NFL.

14 responses to “Falcons sign Stevan Ridley, release A.J. Hawk

  1. “We are THE Ohio State University..we own the NFL pipeline for slow, unathletic LBs”

  2. rosstuckershair says:
    Oct 25, 2016 5:25 PM
    Maybe the Packers could use him for a running back


    Don’t quit your day job, because a comedian, you’re not.

  3. “We are THE Ohio State University..we own the NFL pipeline for slow, unathletic LBs”

    Someone missed Darron Lee, Ryan Shazier, and AJ Hawk’s combine stats.

  4. singisking says:
    Oct 25, 2016 5:36 PM

    “We are THE Ohio State University..we own the NFL pipeline for slow, unathletic LBs”


    Shazier is from OSU and beat Antonio Brown in a foot race last summer. He has problems staying healthy, but without him, the Steelers wouldn’t have won that playoff game against the Bengals last season (stripped Bengals running back on first play after Burfict interception late in the game).

    Darron Lee is also from OSU and put up the best 40 time for all LBs at the last combine.

    Anyway, I totally get that you’re just trying to get a rise out of people, but for whatever other issues these guys might have, they are far from slow.

  5. The NFL is the most competitive, cut throat employer in the world. You don’t last for 11 years in this league unless you’re adding value to your team. A.J. Hawk should retire and be extraordinarily proud of all he accomplished on a football field.

    He’s a first class guy and is an exemplary representative of the league. Best of luck with everything.

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