One day after losing second-year wide receiver Harry Douglas to a torn ACL in his left knee, the Atlanta Falcons have signed veteran wide receiver Robert Ferguson, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The AJC also reports that Ferguson beat out former New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Ike Hilliard during a workout for Falcons' officials on Thursday morning.
Originally chosen in the second-round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, Ferguson has 151 receptions for 1,993 yards and 13 touchdowns during his 8-year career in the NFL.
Ferguson's top season as a pro came in 2003, when he started 12 games, finishing the season with 38 receptions for 520 yards four touchdowns, all career-highs.
He has spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.
Ferguson joins a receiving corps in Atlanta that not only is reeling from the loss of Douglas, but is also currently without Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White, who is seeking a long-term contract and has yet to report to the Falcons training camp.
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