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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Falcons Injury Update: Sam Baker carted off the field with knee injury


By on 8/17/2014 07:00:00 PM

 Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Sam Baker injured his knee Saturday night against the Houston Texans.
NFL writer Will Branson reported that Baker was carted off the field last night early in the second quarter.

The diagnosis for Baker is a ruptured right patella tendon and looks like he will likely be out for the season. This isn't good for Baker who had trouble with his left knee last year after playing in only four games due to the injury.





Baker looked very emotional as he was helped up before getting carted off, and was unable to put any pressure on his right knee. He was on the ground for several minutes before being helped up, and you could tell from the look on his face that something was wrong.

This is going to be a big loss for the Falcons, as losing your left tackle always is, as Atlanta's first round pick Jake Matthews will more than likely slide over to that left tackle spot. Matthews has currently been practicing at right tackle with the hopes to move to left after he acclimates himself into the league. Atlanta was hoping to give Matthews time on the right side of the line, but looks like they will have to force the transition faster than they wanted to.

Perhaps this will be a blessing in disguise if Matthews can hit the ground running.  He will need to pick up the speed of the game quickly, as Atlanta hopes to improve a line that gave up 44 sacks last year.  Keep a close on Matthews progression as the reagular season approaches.

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