Starting left tackle Sam Baker has been lost for the season following a play in the second quarter against the Texans in which he tore his patella tendon. The Falcons lost the game 32-7.
This adds to the players which are beginning to pile up on the injured reserve list. Baker joins guard Gabe Carami, tight end Micky Schuler, running back Stephen Jackson and most recently tackle Terren Jones.
The Falcons have a couple of options with this years Sixth overall draft selection Jake Matthews in the mix.
“We would have a number of options,” Head Coach Mike Smith said. “Again, our No. 1 goal would be to put the five best offensive linemen out there. We obviously know that he is one of the five best because he is a starter. Is he our best left tackle, our best option? That is something that we will have to determine if we have to address that.”