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Falcons Ink Tackle Sean Locklear

Sean Locklear will give the Falcons depth at the tackle position. (Jim O'Connor)

Sean Locklear will give the Falcons depth at the tackle position. (Jim O’Connor)

The Atlanta Falcons have signed tackle Sean Locklear

With Sam Baker being placed on injured reserve on Tuesday, the Falcons were in need of depth. They didn’t waste any time adding Locklear to the roster.

Locklear spent last season with the New York Giants. He appeared in 12 games before tearing his ACL.

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LT Sam Baker Placed on Injured Reserve

Sam Baker will miss the remainder of the season. (Curtis Compton)

Sam Baker will miss the remainder of the season. (Curtis Compton)

The Atlanta Falcons have placed left tackle Sam Baker on injured reserve today.

Baker had a left knee injury and will have to undergo surgery. Last Sunday’s game versus the Seattle Seahawks marked Baker’s fifth missed game of the season.

Last season, he started all 16 games and the Falcons rewarded him with a six-year, $41.1 million contract.

Baker has been plagued with injuries throughout his career since the Falcons traded up to select him in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Second-year player Lamar Holmes will start in Baker’s place for the remainder of the season.

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Roddy White to Miss First NFL Game; Baker, Jackson Ruled Out

Roddy White's streak of 133 consecutive games will end this Sunday. (Daniel Shirey)

Roddy White’s streak of 133 consecutive games will end this Sunday. (Daniel Shirey)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White will miss the first game of his NFL career as he was ruled out for Sunday’s game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

White’s streak of 133 consecutive games is third in franchise history behind centers Todd McClure (144) and Jeff Van Note (155).

The receiver was hampered by a high ankle sprain suffered in preseason but still managed to start despite being limited. White also injured his hamstring in Week 5’s loss to the New York Jets.

Running back Steven Jackson is still dealing with a hamstring injury suffered in Week 2 versus the St. Louis Rams.

Left tackle Sam Baker won’t dress for Sunday’s game, either. Both he and tight end Chase Coffman, who was ruled out as well, are suffering from knee injuries.

Expect Matt Ryan to lean heavily on Tony Gonzalez in Sunday’s game.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview

The Falcons can't afford to let Mike Glennon carve them up as Geno Smith did. (Daniel Shirey)

The Falcons can’t afford to let Mike Glennon carve them up as Geno Smith did. (Daniel Shirey)

The Atlanta Falcons, last season’s reigning NFC South champions, have struggled mightily this season. As have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have yet to win a game.

Coming off their bye week, the Falcons look to right the ship beginning with a win against the Buccaneers.

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Baker, Dent, Jackson Ruled Out For Jets Game

Add Akeem Dent to the list of Falcons injured this season. (John Bazemore)

Add Akeem Dent to the list of Falcons injured this season. (John Bazemore)

The Atlanta Falcons have ruled out three starters for Monday night’s game versus the New York Jets.

Left tackle Sam Baker (knee), middle linebacker Akeem Dent (ankle), and running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) will all miss the game.

Second-year player Lamar Holmes, who lost his starting right tackle spot to Jeremy Trueblood, will start at left tackle for Baker.

Omar Gaither, who was signed just three weeks ago, will fill in for Dent.

As has been the case since Jackson was injured in Week 2, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling will look to fill the running back void.

Luckily, the Falcons have the bye week after Monday night’s game, so there’s a chance to get healthy for the rest of the season.

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Falcons Fall Short in Comeback Attempt, Lose to Patriots 30-23

Aqib Talib batted the ball away from Roddy White to squash any chances of a comeback. (Kevin C. Cox)

Aqib Talib batted the ball away from Roddy White to squash any chances of a comeback. (Kevin C. Cox)

Matt Ryan threw for a career-best 421 yards, Tony Gonzalez set a new career record with 149 yards, and yet it still wasn’t enough.

The Atlanta Falcons fell to the New England Patriots 30-23, and for the first time since 2007, are two games below .500 with a 1-3 record.

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Baker Ruled Out For Sunday

Just three weeks into the season, the Falcons have had a laundry list of injuries. (Paul Abell)

Just three weeks into the season, the Falcons have had a laundry list of injuries. (Paul Abell)

And here comes more bad news for the Atlanta Falcons.

Left tackle Sam Baker has been ruled out for Sunday’s matchup against the Miami Dolphins. Baker didn’t practice all week as he’s been dealing with a foot/knee injury.

Expect current right tackle Lamar Holmes to slide to the left tackle spot. Taking Holmes’ place will be Jeremy Trueblood, who was signed on September 3.

The Dolphins defense, lead by defensive end Cameron Wake, could really get after the two tackles on Sunday.

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Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins Preview

Julio Jones could be poised for another huge game. (Daniel Shirey)

Julio Jones could be poised for another huge game. (Daniel Shirey)

The Atlanta Falcons are banged up.

Two players are lost for the season: defensive end Kroy Biermann with a torn Achilles and fullback Bradie Ewing with a separated shoulder. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will be out eight weeks with a Lisfranc injury.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. St. Louis Rams Preview

Steven Jackson should come up big against his former team. (Chris Graythen)

Steven Jackson should come up big against his former team. (Chris Graythen)

The Atlanta Falcons look to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2007 as they play hosts to the St. Louis Rams in the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta looks to rebound after losing last week’s season opener to the New Orleans Saints. Under head coach Mike Smith, the Falcons are 20-3 in games after a loss.

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Falcons Keep Sam Baker for Six Years

Sam Baker had his best season in 2012. (Paul Abell)

Sam Baker had his best season in 2012. (Paul Abell)

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a six-year contract with left tackle Sam Baker.

After having a terrible, injury-riddled campaign in 2011, Baker justified the front office’s faith in him by having the best season of his career.

Baker has been protecting Matt Ryan’s blindside since 2008, and it’ll look to continue for the foreseeable future.

The Falcons promised to make retaining their own guys the main focus for this year’s free agency, and they’ve made good on that promise.

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