Sam Baker, Julio Jones out for Lions’ game

ew season, bigger beard. Falcons offensive lineman Sam Baker has let his beard grow out, sporting some additional length on his chin. Curtis Compton /

Sam Baker is inactive for today's game against the Detroit Lions. Will Svitek will start at left tackle. Curtis Compton /


– Falcons starting left tackle Sam Baker and wide receiver Julio Jones will not play against the Detroit Lions today at Ford Field.

Baker (lower back injury) and Jones (hamstring) were on the list of pre-game inactives along with cornerback Christopher Owens, cornerback Darrin Walls, center Brett Romberg, defensive tackle Carlton Powell and defensive end Cliff Matthews.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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18 comments Add your comment


October 23rd, 2011
12:03 pm

Being without Sam Baker is a good thing for the Falcons. Any man on the roster, even the practice squad, is an upgrade from that bust. Too bad about Julio, though – he’s the Falcons best player, along with Tony Gonzalez.


October 23rd, 2011
12:05 pm

Julio better than Roddy? NOT!! Hoping we get stops on third-down plays today


October 23rd, 2011
12:13 pm

Sam Baker? Is he still on the team after his great play this year? When you get exposed as a fraud, you fake the old, unable to prove, lower back injury. Give him a injury settlement and cut him loose!


October 23rd, 2011
12:17 pm

Been rooting for the Lions all season, with Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford looking good… but not against our boys here in Atlanta. Let’s right the ship and get a win today!

Me and Julio down in d school yard!

October 23rd, 2011
12:28 pm

Roll out City Baby! Suh is a beast!

SWAT Native

October 23rd, 2011
12:30 pm

For a guy getting paid big bucks to protect our franchise QB’s blind side, Baker misses quite a few games. Seems like Mike Kenn and Bob Whitfield went years without missing games (and penalties).

bama boy

October 23rd, 2011
12:32 pm

Julio is back to his old ways. Hurt all the time. I don’t like the idea of julio talking to the press about the free suits he got at Alabama. What happen at bama should stay at bama

retired ..... old and in the way

October 23rd, 2011
12:37 pm

escort Schultz over to the casinos we don’t want him getting lost or anything.


October 23rd, 2011
12:45 pm

Dont matter lets go birds!!!!! Hate to see Julio and Baker out but the show must go on!!!! Falcons 27-14.


October 23rd, 2011
12:49 pm

Careful what you wish for—if Svitek proves a revolving door today, we might be wishing we had Baker back. Good luck to Will today manning the left side…..


October 23rd, 2011
1:04 pm

Baker has been horrible….we don’t have much of a chance today anyway, so sitting Baker and Overrated, er, julio, means little.

Jack Wood

October 23rd, 2011
1:15 pm

Sam Baker is in the twilight of a three year career. Sam, the problem is your dead legs and concrete shoes not your back.


October 23rd, 2011
1:23 pm

Quizz uncovered in the flats.. yet we force a throw into coverage.

what decision making displayed early from our cerebral QB.


October 23rd, 2011
3:28 pm

De Could… is always out of position… can we not afford a better true safety!!!!! He just took another poor angle on Mega-tron.. and got burned!!!


October 23rd, 2011
4:37 pm

Wish we had AJ Green instead!

Michael M.

October 23rd, 2011
4:37 pm

Congrats to Tony G. and Michael T. today and hats off to the Birds ! Another great Team Inspired Win and a True Statement Game going into the Lions Den and taking the lead and keeping it thru the entire game. What a Team Win ! Great defense today also !
Oh what you got to say now You stupid Caints Trolls and Poor Billy yah team couldn’t score 51 points like you claimed………….yah just a bunch of Air-Heads that think yahs Teams are the best but the True Best Team is The Birds!


October 23rd, 2011
5:35 pm

Decent win for the Falcons…Nothing to write home about. They were favored only because Lions do not have a running game..When they get one, LOOK OUT!!

4-3 for a preseason prediction SB bound team is nothing to be excited about.. Ryan still misfiring at times.. Is this guy good enough to win the whole darn thang like Brees did in 09? Turner is going to have a tough time in the playoffs..PLAYOFFS? Will Matt have that special arm to get it done?


Tom Pridemore was tough

October 23rd, 2011
6:20 pm

Dang Joe….you didn’t have to say what I was thinking did you..???? hopefully Julio will be a stud…AJ already is….