For the second time this season the Falcons have placed a 2009 draft selection on the season-ending injured reserve list.
The team placed second-round pick William Moore (hamstring) on the list Tuesday afternoon, just more than a month after adding first-round pick Peria Jerry (knee). In all, the Falcons have four players on IR.
Moore underwent knee surgery during training camp but recovered in time for the start of the 2009 season. However, a lingering hamstring injury suffered at the end of the preseason led to his being shelved for the rest of the campaign.
He recorded two special teams tackles against the Chicago Bears in Week 6.
In Moore’s place on the roster, the Falcons added 10-year veteran running back Aaron Stecker.
Fans likely remember Stecker from his time with the New Orleans Saints.
In 120 career games (16 starts), the Western Illinois graduate has totaled 381 carries for 1,511 yards and eight touchdowns. He has also contributed with 161 receptions for 1,141 yards and three touchdowns and 167 kickoff returns for 3,880 yards and one score.
His best season was 2007, when he carried the ball 115 times for 448 yards and five touchdowns (all career highs). He also has experience as a kickoff returner and is a former NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
The Falcons also made practice squad moves Tuesday, adding cornerback Glenn Sharpe to practice squad-injured and bringing safety Eric Brock back to the practice squad. Sharpe and Brock both saw time on the active roster at the end of 2008. Sharpe started ‘09 on the practice squad while Brock was released on Sept. 4, 2009.
Sharpe is essentially on an injured reserve list and can’t be added to the Falcons practice squad or 53-man roster. However, like any practice squad player, another team has the option of signing him to the 53-man roster.