Falcons cut fullback Mughelli

The Atlanta Falcons released former Pro Bowl fullback Ovie Mughelli Tuesday, the team announced.

Mughelli signed a six-year, $18 million contract with the Falcons in 2007 that included a $5 million signing bonus.

He started 38 games for Atlanta in five seasons.

Last year, he was limited to seven games, four catches and two touchdowns. Mughelli injured his right knee during a collision with safety Louis Delmas during a Week 7 win over the Detroit Lions in 2011 and was placed on injured reserve.

The Falcons drafted Wisconsin fullback Bradie Ewing in the fifth round of this year's draft. He will replace Mughelli at the position.

Ewing is highly regarded as an all-around fullback for the Badgers. He was Wisconsin's Special Teams Player of the Year and Academic All-Big Ten Conference selection.

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