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Falcons Release Person, Hawk; Sign Ward, Ridley

Today the Falcons have signed running backs Terron Ward and Stevan Ridley to the active roster, in addition to signing running back Jhurell Pressley to the practice squad. The team also released linebacker A.J. Hawk and offensive lineman Mike Person.

Pressley was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings following the draft out of New Mexico. His most recent stint was with the Green Bay Packers.

Ridley was originally drafted in the third round (73rd overall) by the New England Patriots during the 2011 NFL Draft. The former LSU Tiger has seen action in 61 career games – 52 with New England. He has recorded 2,907 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns during his five year career.

Ward was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft. Last season, he had 29 carries for 95 yards and one rushing touchdown.

Hawk was signed by the Falcons in week five to add linebacker depth. He was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Ohio State.

Person was signed by the Falcons during the 2015 offseason. He saw action in 14 games for the Falcons since being signed.

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