Looking to rebound from last year’s misery, the Atlanta Falcons will go into the 2014 season already losing one of their lineman.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Falcons’ offensive tackle Sam Baker will reportedly miss the season with a ruptured right patella tendon.
Just last year, Baker ruptured his left patella tendon, per Schefter. He was only able to play in four games.
Tests confirmed Falcons OT Sam Baker ruptured right patella tendon, and will be lost for season. Last year he ruptured left patella tendon.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 17, 2014
Baker was injured in Atlanta’s preseason outing against the Houston Texans Saturday night, and was visibly unable to put any weight on his right leg as trainers carted him off the field.
The 29-year-old has battled injuries essentially his whole career, and that includes these two patella tendon ailments, as well as back problems.
It’s possibly a bigger blow to the Falcons, considering Baker, who signed a six-year, $41.1 million back in 2013, has an average annual value of $6.85 million – per Spotrac.
Atlanta now will probably look to move 6th overall pick, Jake Matthews, into Baker’s slot at left tackle, after the team was initially planning on using him for the right side, per NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal.