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Ovie, Johnson Out for Year


The Atlanta Falcons today placed fullback Ovie Mughelli and guard Mike Johnson on injured reserve and signed offensive fullback Mike Cox lineman Kirk Chambers to the active roster.

Mughelli, 6-1, 250 pounds, became the first fullback in team history to be selected to the Pro Bowl after paving the way for a Falcons rushing attack that averaged 118.2 yards per game in 2010. He was originally selected as a fourth round (134th overall) draft choice by Baltimore Ravens in the 2003 NFL Draft. He was signed by the Falcons as an unrestricted free agent on March 2, 2007.

Johnson, 6-6, 304 pounds, was originally selected as a third round (98th pick overall) draft choice by Atlanta in the 2010 NFL Draft. He saw his first career action on special teams in Atlanta's Week 6 game against Carolina after being a healthy scratch in all 16 games last season.

Cox, 6-0, 252 pounds, was originally signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as a college free agent out of Georgia Tech in 2008. He played in 32 games (15 starts) with the Chiefs, notching four carries for three yards with one touchdown in addition to adding 18 catches for 98 yards in passing game.

Chambers, 6-7, 315 pounds, was originally selected as a sixth round (176th overall) draft choice by the Cleveland Browns in the 2004 NFL Draft. He has played in 67 games with 14 starts during his career. The former Stanford Cardinal spent two seasons with the Browns before signing with the Buffalo Bills prior to the 2007 season. After three seasons with the Bills, Chambers was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010 but did not appear in a game last season. In 2011, he was released by the Detroit Lions prior to the start of the season.

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