Falcons OT Sam Baker could be out for the season
The Atlanta Falcons selected offensive tackle Jake Matthews sixth overall back at the NFL Draft in May. They did not plan to immediately start him on the left side but it seems they might have to.
Last night the starting left tackle, Sam Baker went down with a right knee injury in the second quarter of the Falcons 32-7 loss against the Houston Texans. He was in obvious pain and could not put any wait on the leg as he was carted off the field.
According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, Baker may miss the Atlanta Falcons entire season.
The early diagnosis for #Falcons LT Sam Baker is a torn patella tendon, per source. If tests confirm, would almost certainly end his season
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 17, 2014
If this report is true then it will almost certainly force Matthews to transition to the left side to protect Matt Ryan’s blind side. Even though he was drafted as a franchise left tackle, Atlanta wanted him to develop for a year on the right side.
Lamar Holmes filled in for Baker after he went out, so we will have to see what the Falcons do during this week of practice. Sam Baker has been with the Falcons for seven years since being drafted by them 21st overall in 2008.
Baker also ended last season on injured reserve after battling a left knee injury most of the year.
Sports-Kings Down and Distance Lead Columnist Kyle Pierce @kylepierce28