Detroit — Starting left tackle Sam Baker was declared inactive for the game. He’s been battling a lower back injury.
Will Svitek, who normally plays as a blocking tight end in power formations, started for Baker and had a strong game.
“I thought he did a great job,” Ryan said. “He didn’t blink. He knew the game plan and was well-prepared.”
Svitek was blocking against Detroit’s Kyle Vanden Bosch and held him sackless. However, Vanden Bosch did get one quarterback hit.
“It really didn’t matter to me because I prepare the same way whether I’m a starter or playing jumper tight end,” Svitek said. “I prepare the same. I had a feeling I might start. At game time, I knew I was the guy.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog