Atlanta Falcons: With Sam Baker Out, Falcons Sign Sean Locklear

By Daniel Chi

Putting another name on the Injured Reserve has become a common theme and in fact the best two words to sum up the type of season the Atlanta Falcons are experiencing this year. Nonetheless, as the Injured Reserve becomes crowded at the moment with the offensive line growing anorexic-ally thinner, the Falcons signed tackle Sean Locklear to fill out their 53-man roster.

The Falcons made it official, as they announced that starting left tackle Sam Baker would be added to the Injured Reserve and undergo surgery on his troublesome knee that ends his dreadful season marred with multiple injuries.

Although the 32-year-old veteran Locklear has mostly played right tackle during his career, which includes stints with four NFL teams and the latest being the New York Giants, the Falcons will peg him as the backup left tackle and right tackle to current starters Lamar Holmes and Jeremy Trueblood on the depth chart.

The former third-round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft has also had his far share of injuries, with his latest one being a right knee injury that was considered by many to be devastating.

Sean Locklear
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Since the injury, it seems that Locklear has made a nice recovery.

As the Falcons prepare to face off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the second time this season, Locklear may get a chance on a few offensive plays to see how the veteran holds. At this point of the season, the Falcons are becoming desperately thin on the offensive line, which explains how they ended up as the worst rushing team in the NFL this year.

Just another day in the office, as the Falcons transfer one of their better players to the sidelines and an unproven player to their roster.

Daniel Chi is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter @DanielChi24, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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