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Two serious torn ACL’s: Kevin Faulk and Jerious Norwood

Per NFL.com:

The Atlanta Falcons placed backup running back Jerious Norwood on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday after he sustained a knee injury Sunday, forcing the team to make two moves to add depth.

Norwood was Michael Turner‘s top backup before hurting his right knee on a kickoff return at the start of the 41-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. The Falcons wouldn’t reveal the extent of the injury, but a league source Tuesday told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that Norwood tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

The Falcons signed two running backs Tuesday. Gartrell Johnson III was added to the active roster, and rookie Shawnbrey McNeal joined the practice squad.

Per NFL.com:

The New England Patriots‘ offense became a bit less versatile Tuesday when the team received word that running back Kevin Faulk has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the Boston Globe reported, citing a league source.

Faulk, the Patriots’ longest-tenured player, sustained the injury when New York Jets cornerback Drew Coleman shoved him out of bounds during the fourth quarter of New England’s 28-14 loss Sunday. Faulk didn’t return to the game.

Faulk, 34, is the Patriots’ best receiver out of the backfield and a reliable pass blocker. He has averaged at least 4.3 yards per carry and caught at least 37 passes in each full season he has played since 2006.

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