Player Updates

June 1, 2015 04:22 PM
Falcons LT Sam Baker 'healing up well'
by Larry Hartstein |

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said left tackle Sam Baker, who missed the entire 2014 season with a torn patella tendon, is recovering well, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"Sam is healing up well,” Dimitroff said. “He’s a guy that’s focused. He’s been in there all the time … He’s really focused with trying to get back on track.”

Jake Matthews, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 draft, took over at left tackle after Baker suffered the injury in a preseason game. It's unclear whether Baker can reclaim his job once fully healthy. 

"It will be interesting to see how both players fit in the new zone-blocking scheme that offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan plans to implement," the paper said.

June 2, 2015 07:08 AM
Falcons put Sam Baker on IR, sign Pat McQuistan
by Larry Hartstein |

The Falcons put left tackle Sam Baker on injured reserve with a torn patella tendon and signed former Titans offensive tackle Pat McQuistan for depth.

June 2, 2015 07:09 AM
Tests confirm initial reports on Sam Baker
by Larry Hartstein |

Tests confirmed Falcons left tackle Sam Baker ruptured his patella tendon in Saturday's preseason game, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Baker is out for the year.

June 2, 2015 07:09 AM
Sam Baker likely done for the year
by Larry Hartstein |

The initial diagnosis on Falcons left tackle Sam Baker is that he suffered a torn patella tendon, reports NFL Network. Baker likely is out for the season.

Rookie Jake Matthews is expected to replace Baker at left tackle, but it's unclear who will start at right tackle.

June 2, 2015 07:09 AM
Sam Baker carted off field with knee injury
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Falcons left tackle Sam Baker had to be carted off the field with a knee injury in his team's preseason game against the Texans Saturday.

The Falcons announced that Baker will not return to action. If he is in fact injured, it's a big blow to an Atlanta offensive line that figured to be improved this season with the addition of first-round pick Jake Matthews. The rookie may be pressed into left-tackle duty if the outlook on Baker is grim, or the team may turn to Lamar Holmes, who replaced Baker in Saturday's game.

June 1, 2015 09:06 PM
Sam Baker expects clearance this week
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Falcons offensive tackle Sam Baker, who underwent season-ending knee surgery last year, said he expects to receive full clearance this week, reports ESPN.

"I'm feeling good," Baker said Monday night. "In a couple days, I should be cleared. I've been running, doing everything, and I should get fully cleared in a couple days. It's great, especially because we're getting ready with the offseason stuff, to be able to get out with the offense and to be able to go back to doing plays and stuff like that."

Baker had problems with his left knee last season and attempted to resolve the issue with platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment, but it didn’t respond. In November, the team announced he would undergo surgery and be placed on injured reserve.

Baker played in just four games last season after starting all 16 games in 2012 and performing well at left tackle. The former first-round draft pick is due to make $7.25 million this season with a cap value of $6.05 million.

June 1, 2015 10:25 PM
Would Falcons move Sam Baker to the right side?
by Larry Hartstein |

With Falcons left tackle Sam Baker returning from season-ending knee surgery, general manager Thomas Dimitroff says he's confident Baker will return to his 2012 form. But Dimitroff left open the possibility of moving Baker to right tackle depending on the health of his knee, reports ESPN.com.

Baker will count $6.05 million against the cap in 2014.

June 2, 2015 04:40 PM
Sam Baker undergoes knee surgery
by Chris Cwik |

Falcons offensive lineman Sam Baker had successful surgery on his knee Friday, according to ESPN.

Baker has already been placed on IR, and will heal during the offseason. He had been limited to just four games due to the injury.

June 2, 2015 04:55 PM
Falcons put Sam Baker on injured reserve
by Larry Hartstein |

The Falcons put left tackle Sam Baker on injured reserve with a lingering knee injury, the team announced. Baker started four games this season as he was continually hampered by the injury.

June 2, 2015 04:57 PM
Falcons coach expresses concern over Sam Baker
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Falcons coach Mike Smith expressed concern Monday for left tackle Sam Baker, who missed his fifth game Sunday against the Seahawks because of a lingering left knee injury.

"Sam’s been dealing with his knee all season long," Smith said, per ESPN. "He’s fighting through it. We got him back out there after a four-or-five-week time period of allowing him to rest. He wasn’t ready to go this week. And, yes, it is a concern. When you can't go out and play consecutive games, you have to be concerned about it. Sam’s doing everything that he can in terms of getting back out there. We want to make sure that he’s 100 percent before we put him back out there on the football field."

June 2, 2015 04:59 PM
Falcons reveal Week 10 inactives
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Falcons' list of inactives for Week 10 against the Seahawks includes offensive lineman Sam Baker (knee), running back Josh Vaughan, defensive back Kemal Ishmael, linebacker Thomas Howard, offensive lineman Harland Gunn, wide receiver Brian Robiskie and defensive lineman Cliff Matthews. Vaughn, Ishmael, Howard, Gunn, Robiskie and Matthews are all healthy scratches.

June 2, 2015 05:02 PM
Three Falcons questionable Week 10
by Chris Cwik |

Falcons OL Sam Baker, LB Stephen Nicholas and Corey Peters are listed as questionable Week 10 against the Seahawks. 

Peters and Baker are both dealing with knee injuries. Nicholas has a thigh issue and has been limited in practice all week. 

June 2, 2015 05:11 PM
Five Falcons healthy enough to play
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Falcons offensive lineman Sam Baker (knee), linebacker Akeem Dent (ankle), offensive lineman Joe Hawley (elbow), defensive lineman Peria Jerry (toe) and offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds, who were listed on Friday's injury report, are all active for Week 9 at Carolina.

June 2, 2015 05:14 PM
Three Falcons considered questionable
by Chris Cwik |

Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora, S William Moore and T Sam Baker are considered questionable Week 9 against the Panthers.

All three players have been able to practice this week, but have been limited each day. Both Umenyiora and Baker are dealing with knee injuries. Moore has a hip issue.

June 2, 2015 05:17 PM
Sam Baker nearing return
by Larry Hartstein |

Falcons left tackle Sam Baker, who's missed three straight games with a knee injury, practiced Wednesday and has a chance to play Sunday at Carolina, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. If Baker returns, Lamar Holmes could slide over to right tackle, the paper said.

June 2, 2015 05:22 PM
Falcons inactives Week 8
by Chris Cwik |

The Falcons have made RB Jason Snelling, LB Stephen Nicholas, G Harland Gunn, OT Sam Baker, WR Roddy White, WR Brian Robiskie and DT Travian Robertson inactive Week 8 against the Cardinals.

Nicholas, Snelling and White were all ruled out prior to the game. Baker was the only other player listed on the team's injury.

June 2, 2015 05:19 PM
If healthy, Sam Baker (knee) will start Week 8
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Falcons coach Mike Smith said Thursday if offensive tackle Sam Baker, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, is ready to play Week 8 at Arizona, then he will start. Smith added Baker is progressing well in his recovery.

June 2, 2015 05:35 PM
Falcons reveal Week 7 inactives
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Falcons' list of inactives for Week 7 against the Buccaneers includes offensive lineman Sam Baker (knee), tight end Chase Coffman (knee), defensive back Kemal Ishmael, offensive lineman Harland Gunn and defensive lineman Travian Robertson. Ishmael, Gunn and Robertson are all healthy scratches.

June 2, 2015 05:38 PM
Two Falcons ruled out against Bucs
by Chris Cwik |

Falcons T Sam Baker and TE Chase Coffman have been ruled out against the Buccaneers.

Both players have been dealing with knee injuries. Neither have been able to participate in practice this week. 

June 2, 2015 05:44 PM
Sam Baker still out
by Larry Hartstein |

Falcons left tackle Sam Baker missed practice Tuesday as he continues to deal with a knee injury. Lamar Holmes would get another start if Baker can't play Week 7 vs. Tampa Bay.

 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-5/301
Birthdate:
5/30/1985
Age:
35
Hometown:
Tustin, CA, USA
School:
USC
NFL Experience:
8
Awards: