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Falcons designate running back Cordarrelle Patterson to return from IR

Sep 25, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson (84) rushes for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons designated running back Cordarrelle Patterson to return from injured reserve on Wednesday.

Patterson, who was placed on IR on Oct. 3 with a knee injury, was expected to participate in practice Wednesday.

The move opens a 21-day window in which he is eligible to practice before officially joining the active roster.

The Falcons (4-4) have won four of their last six games heading into Sunday’s clash with the Los Angeles Chargers (4-3).

Patterson, 31, has 340 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 58 carries this season. In 2021, in his first season in Atlanta, Patterson had 1,166 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns.

A four-time All-Pro as a kick returner, Patterson is with his fifth team. In 147 career games (52 starts), he has 4,638 yards from scrimmage and 32 scores. He also has gained 7,579 yards as a kick returner, with eight touchdowns, for the Minnesota Vikings (2013-16), then-Oakland Raiders (2017), New England Patriots (2018), Chicago Bears (2019-20) and Falcons.

–Field Level Media