Flowery Branch, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Falcons have declared
both offensive tackle Sam Baker and middle linebacker Akeem Dent out for
Monday night's game against the New York Jets.
Both players exited Sunday's 30-23 loss to New England with injuries. Baker
aggravated a previous problem with his left knee in the second quarter, while
Dent sprained his right ankle in the second half.
Baker also missed Atlanta's Week 3 matchup at Miami with a knee injury.
Second-year pro Lamar Holmes, who had been displaced by Jeremy Trueblood as
the starting right tackle, will likely move into Baker's spot on the left side
against the Jets.
Dent's unavailability leaves the Falcons further short-handed at linebacker,
with Sean Weatherspoon presently on injured reserve/designated to return with
a sprained right foot and rookie Paul Worrilow sitting out Thursday's practice
with a knee ailment.
Running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) and cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh)
also did not work in Thursday's session. Jackson is expected to be out a third
straight week with his injury.
The Sports Network