Sitting on a 2-7 record after receiving a punishing beat down by the Seattle Seahawks with a 33-10 loss, the Atlanta Falcons have weathered some of the worst storms a football team can endure. While the Falcons were hoping to see some daylight in a dark tunnel as they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8), they will have to wait for better days as the Falcons lost one of their best offensive linemen in Sam Baker.
The Falcons placed Baker on injured reserve due to a lingering left knee injury that will keep him out for the rest of the year, as it will require surgery sometimes in the nearby future.
Although the Falcons activated star linebacker Sean Weatherspoon off of the injured reserve, the Dirty Birds will be trading out one of their best players for another, which has become the theme for this injury-savaged team. With Baker missing his fifth game of the season, coach Mike Smith expressed concerns for the long-term health for his offensive tackle.
“Sam has been dealing with the knee all season long,’’ Smith said according to ajc.com. “He’s fighting through it. We got him back (at Carolina) after a four- or five-week period of allowing him to rest and he wasn’t ready to go this week. It is a concern. When you can’t go out and play consecutive games, you have to be concerned about it.”