Ex-Falcons and Giants RBs are claimed off waivers by the Vikings.

Before the Atlanta Falcons' Week 14 win over the Carolina Panthers, the team unexpectedly released running back and fan favorite Wayne Gallman.

Gallman quickly found a new home with the Minnesota Vikings, who claimed him off waivers on Monday, November 13, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Minnesota was forced to place backup running back Alexander Mattison on the Covid-19/reserve list as a result of the move.

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The Falcons released Qadree Ollison, a former fifth-round draft pick in 2019, at the start of the season and replaced him with Gallman.

Gallman gave the Falcons' young and inexperienced backfield more veteran experience at the time.

He spent 2020 with the New York Giants, where he stepped into the spotlight after the Giants' star running back, Saquon Barkley, tore his ACL.

As the Giants' starting running back, Gallman set a career high with 682 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns on 4.6 yards per carry.

Gallman, on the other hand, has only accumulated 104 yards rushing on 28 carries through six games this season.

The former fourth-round pick has 1,548 rushing yards on 366 carries and nine touchdowns in almost five NFL seasons.

The Falcons cut Gallman and signed Ollison ahead of their game against the Panthers, and the tables were turned.

With Gallman out of the picture, Ollison rushed five times for 23 yards in Sunday's 29-21 win over the Panthers, and it appears that the 25-year-old has established himself as the permanent No. 3 running back.

In other Falcons news, the team has yet to hear from Calvin Ridley, the team's top wide receiver who stepped away from the team in Week 8 to focus on his mental health.

"We'll give you an update as soon as we get one," Smith told reporters on Monday.

"I understand why you're asking, but there isn't anything new there."

On November 5, Ridley was placed on the non-football injury list, but he was able to return in Week 12 but did not play.

The Falcons have gone 3-3 in their last six games without Ridley.

Ridley has 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.

The Falcons' inconsistent offense could use Ridley back in the lineup as they try to earn a playoff berth, but Tajae Sharpe has filled his void with 25 catches for 230 yards.

Sharpe isn't quite Ridley (yet), but he's still young and has a long way to go. In the meantime, the Falcons have been relying on Cordarelle Patterson as their Swiss army knife, but they'll need a lot more as they prepare to face the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15.

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