Falcons place Williams on IR, sign Fudge

The Atlanta Falcons have signed safety Jamaal Fudge to fill the roster spot of injured cornerback Brian Williams, who was placed on injured reserve.

Williams tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Sunday night’s win over Chicago. He started each of the Falcons‘ first five games.

Fudge was released by the Falcons after training camp. He played in 10 games with the team last season and had 12 tackles.

Fudge was signed by Jacksonville as a rookie free agent in 2006. The Falcons signed Fudge off waivers on Sept. 2, 2008.

Williams is the second starter on defense to have a season-ending knee injury. Rookie defensive tackle Peria Jerry injured his left knee against Carolina on Sept. 20.