Bradie Ewing's first NFL season lasted all of one quarter of preseason football.

The former Richland Center and University of Wisconsin athlete will be placed on injured reserve after the Atlanta Falcons rookie suffered a right knee injury during Thursday's preseason game against Baltimore.

Ewing, whom the Falcons picked in the fifth round of the NFL draft in April and was projected to challenge for a starting role, was injured on an Atlanta punt return in the first quarter.

Late Friday night, on his Twitter account, Ewing acknowledged the injury and thanked fans for their support: "Thanks to everyone for thoughts, prayers,&well wishes!Excited to get on the road to recovery and will come back stronger than ever!" he wrote @bewing34.

Ewing tore his ACL, sources told Josina Anderson of ESPN's Atlanta bureau.

“Bradie is a talented player and I know he and our training staff will do everything they can to ensure a full recovery,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said Friday.

Ewing played 52 games for the Badgers, evolving from a special teams player into a starting fullback who was a receiving threat, and never suffered a significant injury at Wisconsin.

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