FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Falcons announced Tuesday that running back Jamal Anderson, who suffered a torn anterior ligament of his left knee in the first quarter of Sunday's game at Arizona, has been placed on the injured reserve list.
The Falcons also announced the signing of fullback George Layne to replace Anderson on the 53-man
Layne, (5-11, 250), was originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2001 draft out of Texas Christian University. He was waived by the Chiefs on the final cutdown and then signed to the practice squad. He was the lead blocker for San Diego first-round draft pick LaDainian Tomlinson during his collegiate
The Falcons also announced Tuesday that wide receiver Eugene Baker has been waived from the practice squad. Baker, (6-0, 170), originally drafted by the Falcons in the fifth round of the 1999 draft out of Kent, spent the majority of his rookie season on the Falcons practice squad before
joining the 53-man roster for the final three games.
He made one start in three games played that season, finishing with seven receptions for 118 yards. Last season, he made the 53-man roster but saw action in only one game with no receptions. Baker was waived prior to the start of the 2001 season and spent the first three weeks on the practice squad.
The Falcons signed wide receiver Shawn Mills to the practice squad to take Baker's place. Mills, (6-1, 179), was signed by the Falcons as a rookie free agent out of Southern Mississippi on April 24 of this year. He caught three passes for 39 yards during the 2001 preseason.