The Atlanta Falcons announced today that safety William Moore would be placed on injured reserve after re-injuring his shoulder in Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints. Moore had spent eight weeks earlier this season on the team’s “short-term” injured reserve and returned three weeks ago against the Arizona Cardinals. Moore then was deactivated for the team’s Week 15 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a foot injury.
All in all, Moore appeared in seven games this season, starting all of them. He’ll finish the year with 25 tackles and two forced fumbles. Replacing Moore on the roster will be safety Sean Baker, who was promoted from the practice squad. Baker was elevated from the practice squad to the roster earlier this season in Moore’s absence and played in four games exclusively on special teams. When the team added free-agent safety Charles Godfrey in October, Baker went back to the Falcons’ practice squad.
Replacing Baker on the practice squad will be running back Ronnie Wingo. Wingo was originally an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas in 2013 with the Falcons. He was cut at the end of camp, and signed to the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad. Wingo was later elevated to the Bills’ active roster later in the season. He appeared in two games, rushing once for four yards and catching a single pass for two yards. Wingo was cut at the end of training camp this past summer by the Bills and was unsigned until the Falcons scooped him up.
Wingo’s addition suggests that the Falcons may be concerned over the status of starting running back Steven Jackson this week. Jackson went down last Sunday with a quadriceps injury. Reports yesterday indicated that the injury was not seen as serious, but that Jackson would undergo further tests. Wingo provides additional depth should Jackson’s injury sideline him this summer. In Jackson’s absence, Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to get the start. But it’s likely that Rodgers and rookie running back Devonta Freeman will share the workload.