The Falcons placed RB Jerious Norwood on injured reserve Tuesday with a torn ACL
Norwood, a fifth-year veteran, suffered the injury in the Falcons' Week Two victory against the Cardinals. The Falcons' top backup to Michael Turner injured his knee after returning the opening kickoff 34 yards and was carted off the field.
Norwood played in 10 games with four starts in 2009 and had 252 yards rushing and 186 yards and a TD receiving. The Falcons signed RB Gartrell Johnson III to the active roster and RB Shawnbrey McNeal to the practice squad. They terminated the practice squad contract of LB Bear Woods.
The way we see it
Norwood is a decent weapon when healthy, but because of his injury issues the Falcons have lived without him in the past. RB Jason Snelling now moves up to No. 2 on the depth chart and would become the lead back if Turner were to go down. Snelling ran for 129 yards and two TDs last week against the Cardinals. Norwood is more of a speed back than Turner or Snelling, though, so the backfield loses some versatility.