Ovie Mughelli, the Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl FB, suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, when safety Louis Delmas upended him as he was catching a dump-off pass in the fourth quarter.
However, on his Twitter account, Mughelli re-assured Falcons fans:
oviemughelli34 Ovie MughelliThx for all the love and support guys. I promise I'm ok. It looked worse than it is. I heard the slo mo looked bad on tv. I'll b back soon.
He will undergo tests on his knee on Monday, but the good news is he'll have two weeks to recover before Atlanta's game against the win-less Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 6.
Losing Mughelli, a two-time All-Pro selection, would be a blow to an Falcons rushing game averaging only 112.7 yards a game, 18th in the NFL. Mughelli is one of the few classic I-formation fullbacks prospering in an increasingly pass-happy NFL; he signed a 6-year $18 million contract with a $5 million signing bonus in 2007, the biggest contract ever given to a fullback at the time.