FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - The Atlanta Falcons almost began the season without Jason Snelling.
Most of Snelling's playing time in his five seasons in Atlanta has come at running back. Now he has an opportunity to prove he take over as the starter at fullback.
Pro Bowl fullback Ovie Mughelli's season-ending knee injury in Atlanta's win at Detroit on Oct. 23 leaves Snelling as the probable new starter.
Snelling talked with other teams, including St. Louis, as a free agent last summer before signing a one-year deal to return to Atlanta.
Snelling rushed for more than 900 yards while backing up Michael Turner at running back the last two years. Snelling will be the lead blocker for Turner when the Falcons play at Indianapolis on Sunday.