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Falcons place RB Ito Smith on IR, sign G Sean Harlow to active roster

Terrible news for Ito Smith.

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On Saturday morning, the Atlanta Falcons announced that they’ve placed running back Ito Smith on injured reserve and promoted guard Sean Harlow to the active roster.

This isn’t good news for Ito Smith. Smith entered this season as the backup running back behind Devonta Freeman, and had 22 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown. He honestly looked great this season until he sustained what appeared to be a concussion and neck injury against the Los Angeles Rams, which has now ended his season. With Smith heading to IR, Brian Hill figures to be the second-string running back moving forward, with Kenjon Barner likely mixing in as well. It’ll be interesting to see if the team works rookie Qadree Ollison into the gameplan in the future.

Additionally, the Falcons have signed Sean Harlow to the active roster. Harlow was drafted by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Prior to the 2018 season, Harlow was waived and signed by the Indianapolis Colts who released him in October of last year. A few days later the Falcons brought Harlow back, signing him to the practice squad where he’s essentially been ever since until today.

Smith did clear the league’s concussion protocol, so the neck injury is the ongoing concern. We wish him a full and speedy recovery.