Falcons sign 3 RBs following Coleman's hamstring injury

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons added insurance for injured running back Tevin Coleman on Tuesday by signing three running backs, including Stevan Ridley, who began his NFL career with New England and also played for the Jets.

The Falcons also signed Terron Ward from their practice squad. Free agent Jhurell Pressley was signed to the practice squad.

Coleman left Sunday's overtime loss to San Diego with a hamstring injury in the third quarter. Coleman's injury left Devonta Freeman and fullback Patrick DiMarco as the only healthy running backs on the active roster.

Ridley has 2,907 yards rushing in five seasons. Ward had 29 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown for Atlanta last season and could be the top backup to Freeman in this week's game against Green Bay.

The team released linebacker A.J. Hawk and guard Mike Person. Each was inactive against the Chargers. Hawk signed with Atlanta on Oct. 4.

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