Falcons add depth at RB by signing veteran Evan Royster

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have released offensive tackle DeMarcus Love and signed three players, including running back Evan Royster.

Royster, a sixth-round draft pick by the Redskins in 2011, adds depth to a position depleted by injuries. Running backs Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and, most recently, Antone Smith have suffered hamstring injuries. Smith was hurt while scoring a touchdown in the Falcons' 31-24 preseason win over Tennessee on Friday night.

Royster ran for 416 yards on 81 carries while with the Redskins from 2011-13.

Love, listed as the third-team right tackle, played as a backup against the Titans.

The Falcons also signed cornerback Travis Howard and linebacker Terrell Manning. Howard most recently spent time on the Giants' practice squad.

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