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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Falcons Injury Update: Jake Matthews officially out for Week 2

By on 9/14/2014 05:37:00 AM

Atlanta Falcons starting offensive tackle Jake Matthews has officially been ruled out for week two against the Cincinnati Bengals. In his place will be former Chicago Bear Gabe Carimi.

The news was reported by the Atlanta Falcons via their official twitter page.
This report comes just a day after Matthews did not participate in practice Thursday.
After injuring his ankle during week one against the New Orleans Saints, Matthews status is still questionable for week three.

According to, "Atlanta Falcons rookie left tackle Jake Matthews, who injured his left ankle in the season opener, was not on the field as the team began Wednesday's practice. 

Matthews underwent an MRI on Monday, and such examinations involving the ankle typically indicate a high sprain. Such an injury usually takes about four to six weeks to completely heal, so it would be a shock to see Matthews play at Cincinnati this Sunday. The Falcons then have a Thursday night game against Tampa Bay Sept. 18, which might be a too quick a turnaround as well for Matthews." 

As for the new starting left tackle, Gabe Carimi was able to get through last Sunday’s game after some initial trouble.

According to Fox News, “Carimi drew three penalties, including two for false starts, against the Saints.”

However, Carimi has drawn the support of Falcons’ head coach Mike Smith. Head Coach Mike Smith told Fox, “Gabe had to step into a role that he wasn't really fully prepared for, but I thought he did an outstanding job. Gabe was our John Havlicek going into the game last week. He was going to be the first guy in at all positions except for the center position. Unfortunately for us with the injury with Jake he had to play the left tackle position, but I thought he did a nice job."

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