SUWANEE, Ga. -- Bubba Bean, the veteran running back out of Texas A&M who twice led the Atlanta Falcons in rushing, got his walking papers Tuesday.
The Falcons, cutting down to the mandatory NFL 60-player limit, released 10 players on waivers, including Bean, and put two others on the injured reserve list.
Bean, the Falcons' No. 1 draft choice in 1976, led Atlanta in rushing his rookie season with 428 yards on 124 carries and again in 1978 with 707 yards in 193 carries. But the 195-pounder missed all of the 1977 and 1980 seasons because of knee injuries and lost his starting job in 1979 when William Andrews and Lynn Cain joined the club as rookies.
The two Falcons put on injured reserve were defensive lineman Harry Stanback, sixth-round draft choice from North Carolina, and wide receiver Floyd Hodge, a free agent from Utah.
One of those who failed to make the 60 cut was veteran defensive back Steve Luke, a former Green Bay starter who was acquired from the Packers in exchange for defensive back Frank Reed and linebacker Dewey McClain. The Falcons are also due to receive a high 1982 draft choice from Green Bay if either Reed or McClain stick with the Packets.
Also released on waivers in addition to Bean and Luke were defensive back Robert Murphy, 10th-round draft choice from Ohio State; running back James McDougald, free agent from Wake Forest; running back Mike Hawkins, free agent from East Carolina; defensive lineman Dennis Puha, free agent from Nevada-Reno; wide reeiver Keith Chappelle, 11th-round draft choice from Iowa; tight end Billy Cosper, free agent from Stephen Austin College; linebacker Bob Cooksey, free agent from Georgia Tech; and linebacker Brad Vassar, free agent from the University of the Pacific.
The Falcons, who have an exhibition game Saturday at Minnesota, must cut 10 more players by next week and be down to a 45-man active roster the Tuesday prior to the start of the regular season which opens Sept. 5.