Falcons RB Ito Smith done for the season due to concussion
The Atlanta Falcons have taken another hit to their 53-man roster. On Saturday, the team announced that running back Ito Smith is done for the season with a concussion. The team placed him on the injured reserve.
In a corresponding move, the Falcons signed offensive lineman Sean Harlowe from the practice squad to the active roster.
Smith, 24, was slated to be the Falcons’ No. 2 tailback behind Devonta Freeman. He rushed the ball 22 times for 106 yards and a touchdown on the year. As a rookie in 2018, he tallied 315 yards and four touchdowns on 90 attempts. Smith showed marked improvement in his yards per attempt average between his rookie and second year, upping the statistic from 3.5 to 4.8.
Smith sustained his concussion during the team’s Week 7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He has not played since.
With Smith out, the Falcons will rely on Brian Hill, Kenjon Barner, and rookie Qadree Ollison. Atlanta believes in Hill, in particular. Though he has only received eight carries in 2019, he has 40 yards, a touchdown, and three first downs on the ground to his name.
“Brian (Hill) has certainly proven that he’s capable of delivering,” coach Dan Quinn said last Sunday, via Dave Holcomb of Falcon Maven. “He’s answered the challenge every time we have (had one for him). I’m not going to say more (opportunities), but we can certainly count on him.”
Moving forward, expect it to be the Freeman and Hill show in the Falcons’ backfield, as Barner and Ollison have combined for one carry on the season.