Injury update: Baker’s back; Jones, Moore still out

Falcons lineman Sam Baker blocks Carolina's Charles Johnson, giving Matt Ryan time to pass. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons lineman Sam Baker blocks Carolina's Charles Johnson, giving Matt Ryan time to pass. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

By Chris Vivlamore

 

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons left tackle Sam Baker returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday. Baker, who started the first six games this season, missed the past three games with a back injury. The team’s original diagnosis called for Baker to be out three to four weeks.

“We are going to bring him along and hopefully he’ll have more reps [Thursday] than he did [Wednesday],” coach Mike Smith said. “It’s a very good thing to get Sam back in. We are a little bit ahead of schedule.”

Baker starting working with trainers last week.

Wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) and safety William Moore (quadriceps) did not practice with injuries. Moore missed last week’s game against the Saints. Jones injured his right hamstring against the Saints and did not play in the second half. Both worked with trainers Wednesday.

Jones had back-to-back 100-yard receiving games against the Buccaneers (115) and the Seahawks (127) in October. He injured his left hamstring the next week against the Packers and was limited to one catch. He missed the next two games before he returned and had another 100-yard day against the Colts (131). However, he was injured again last week against after making just two catches.

“He is a very resilient guy,” Smith said of Jones. “He has not shown any signs of not being mentally strong and being able to deal with it.

“We have to make sure we make the right decision for putting a player back out on the field for a short-term goal and hurt us for a long-term goal.”

Wide receiver Harry Douglas (thigh), defensive end Ray Edwards (knee), cornerback Brent Grimes (knee), running back Antone Smith (knee) and running back Jason Snelling (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.

Veterans John Abraham, Tony Gonzalez and Todd McClure did not practice as part of an on-going maintenance program.

55 comments Add your comment

Land O' Lakes Falcon

November 16th, 2011
6:38 pm

Rotate Svitek and Baker, but don’t bench Svitek completely.

gem

November 16th, 2011
6:54 pm

Svitek will get better. Baker has topped out.

txdawg

November 16th, 2011
7:08 pm

just wanna know if Julio will play…

CGD...

November 16th, 2011
7:18 pm

Hey JJ just rest it for the last 7..

red dog

November 16th, 2011
7:21 pm

THIS TEAM WILL WIN 9 GAMES AND LOSE THE TIEBREAKER TO NFC EAST TEAM SHOULD HAVE DRAFTED BALDWIN AND KEPT OUR PICKS HE CAN AT LEAST STAY HEALTHY AND HES A BEAST!!

Einstein

November 16th, 2011
7:37 pm

Julio seems to get “hurt” in the big time games while he dominates the likes of the Colts. Until I see him dominate a game vs. a Green Bay, or a New Orleans, I’m not impressed with the young man. He seems to quit on his team in the big time games when they need him the most. You wanna be a superstar young man? Learn how to not let the bright lights scare you.

“If you are what you say you are….a superstar…then have no fear…the crowd is here…and the lights are on….and they want a show…”

Firsttimer

November 16th, 2011
7:58 pm

Julio should not play this week. Believe it or not he is not the first player to injure his hamstring in the NFL. Remember Andre Johnson? Some of the comments I read on these blogs are simply mind boggling. A hamstring injury is a nagging injury that resurfaces and has absolutely nothing to do with being injury prone. It is the same injury and will continue to reoccur until it is properly rested. That is why Andre Johnson came back and played a game or two and now has missed several more. It has nothing to do with your toughness or being injury prone.
CGD-you have just won the bloggers’ MVP for Most Ignorant Comments Of The Year, Congratulations! You all know that he is really not a Falcons fan, don’t you? Do not let his ploy of using the terms “us” and “we” fool you.

gman

November 16th, 2011
8:00 pm

Baldwin went 26, and look we are there, coaching is holding us back, coaching and Matts Ryans inability
to throw an accurate ball constantly, and not just the deep ball, any ball, it wasnt a deep ball on our 1 yrd line, Matt Ryan is not consistent, and he stares down his receivers, its not just the predictable, implosive and inability, to call a game that utilizes all of our weapons ever, and inability to throw a screen pass ever, this list goes on, wheres Meir, and where is the coach that should be crawling up Roddy’s a$$ instead of always making up excuses for him, all the fire power we have, its a shame that we dont have coaches that can utilize them, it makes me sick. (24 hour rule) doesnt look like its doing any good, maybe it should be 48 hours rule, a little time to reflect on the bull$41t.

dean

November 16th, 2011
8:02 pm

Einstein.

You ever dealt with a hammy? I suspect not. I have. Believe me, you think you’re ready but then your hamstring says “Not yet

Let The Dawgs Lose

November 16th, 2011
8:23 pm

@gman… Right on point… Roddy White dropped the game winning TD and all he does is run his mouth on Twitter with no back up plan. Julio Jones is is going to make Roddy not see the end of his contract. He will be traded before it’s all said and done with drafts picks to come with it. Julio & Harry Douglas is the core of our receiving group for the future.

bird

November 16th, 2011
8:28 pm

Einstein please shut up.. That is all.

Greg

November 16th, 2011
8:32 pm

Firsttimer & dean are both right. The only puzzling thing about the Jones hammy is why he is not being rested until he’s completely free of symptoms—if you don’t get it completely healed, it WILL come back under stress. A Ph.D. in sports medicine—and a really sharp woman, I might add—once told me that there is actually no reason for an athlete to pull a hamstring. It results either from unbalanced weight training, or inadequate warming up before sprinting. I simply do not understand why the Falcons seemed besieged by this injury. I think Smith needs to look at this situation, and ask himself if his sports medicine people and weight trainers are doing everything they can to prevent this particular injury.

CGD..

November 16th, 2011
8:34 pm

Hey First Timer your gig is getting old like you buster…..lol

CGD..

November 16th, 2011
8:36 pm

gman knows football F’timer not so much!

gabugman

November 16th, 2011
8:43 pm

680 reports that JJ practiced per normal today.

Who didn’t really go out to Flowery Branch?

Atlantaman

November 16th, 2011
8:43 pm

Einstein…is no Einstein. Not sure they should have paid such a big price for Jones but the guy is a heckuva player who will only get better. Just has to keep himself on the field but injuries happen, part of the game. Falcons not going to make playoffs but no one’s gonna beat the Pack anyway (probably not even my Saints)

Joe Tess Fish House

November 16th, 2011
8:44 pm

What is it about the Flacons were they draft all these injruy prone players?

brew

November 16th, 2011
8:45 pm

Those of you who are concerned by JJ and the hamstring have never had one pulled. The problem with the Falcons against the Saints was their inability to make a play with the game on the line. The ball that went to Roddy in the endzone at the end of the game should have been a touchdown. Matt should have put the ball where only Roddy could get to it, but Roddy has to come down with that ball. That’s what champions do, make big plays at big moments.

CGD..

November 16th, 2011
8:50 pm

There in lies the problem brew.. Your QB does not have the ability to put the ball where it needs to be especially in crunch time! He miss fires time and again…

Our QB is not a champion and neither is Roddy…..

brew

November 16th, 2011
8:53 pm

CGD……both are young, they look like superstars one minute and so so the next. All will be well

brew

November 16th, 2011
8:55 pm

What concerns me more is that a run first team can’t pick up 6 inches with the game in the balance

Teej

November 16th, 2011
9:10 pm

DOL, I believe I read somewhere that he originally hurt his right hamstring and now hurt his left last Sunday. So, is this a stretching/training issue or was he putting more pressure on the right trying to protect the left? Regardless, we need him on the field for the stretch run (pun intended)!

Gumbo

November 16th, 2011
9:19 pm

Somebody kick Baker in the Back!….Please – otherwise, he’ll be out there again.

Firsttimer

November 16th, 2011
9:21 pm

CGD-you are correct-i am getting old and proud of it. You know they say with age comes wisdom, let’s hope that will be the case for you.

Firsttimer

November 16th, 2011
9:32 pm

brew-if you review the tape of that fourth and six inches-when Turner gets the handoff he is back at the 25, making it 4 yds. & 6 inches. By the time he reached the o-line the d-line push from playing goal line d had won the battle. Correct play in my opinion-quick snap off quick count- quarterback lunge behind center.

jcatl

November 16th, 2011
9:38 pm

Did Mike Smith get over his brain injury yet?

bama52

November 16th, 2011
9:38 pm

I read the article about Edwards missing in action. Edwards is not our problem. Tampa,Green Bay and New Orleans games were the results of a QB and Offensive coordinator not being able to win big games. Let convert on 3rd and one,2nd and three,move the down marker on short conversions.The defense held when we needed them the most against the 2nd best passer in the NFC. The Falcons have paid Matt Ryan a lot of money,but he’s missing in the clutch.

jcatl

November 16th, 2011
9:40 pm

I’ll blame play calling more than I’ll blame Ryan at this point, especially the NO game.

GT97

November 16th, 2011
9:42 pm

I like Ryan, but I am now on the bandwagon about this inaccurate long ball situation. The man just has no touch on it. The one long one he completed to Julio in Indy looked like a ballon through. C’mon Man!

gman

November 16th, 2011
9:43 pm

look people, im a falcon diehard, but it is what it is, and i gotta call it how i see it. when a coordinator takes his team to 13-3, and a first round buy. and there are numerous teams seeking head coaches, and you cant get a job, that says something, what i saw was a 13-3 team that was on the rabbit foot of being 9-7, Mularkey is our handcuff, and until we get this guy out of here, we are who we are, a team that could be great. our window is closing. free agency is going to be a killer after this year. the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY. who shows up this week?

gman

November 16th, 2011
9:53 pm

the dumbest part of the whole play, and why it didnt succeed, was calling a time out.

CGD..

November 16th, 2011
9:55 pm

Hey gman got some sad news for ya.. That window slammed shut already..So you wont be disappointed down the line…

Atlantaman

November 16th, 2011
9:55 pm

You need an elite QB to do damage in the playoffs. Even if the Falcons get the O line & D improved, Matty I will only take them so far. He’s not a bad QB but will never reach a Brees, Brady, Rogers, Roth level. So you have to win with him which means run first…and Turner is past his prime. Mularkey can go but you still need more players.

CGD..

November 16th, 2011
9:58 pm

The Saints new it was coming all 11 men jumped the cadence and it was over in a split second…

Beginning of the end of this regime? Maybe….

A tale tale sign: 1 win in the last 6 games verses winning teams= the ship is sinking sloooowly..Its taking on water and the passengers have no clue yet..

CGD..

November 16th, 2011
10:10 pm

aldog

November 16th, 2011
10:29 pm

yYou have too much talent on the offense that is not being utilize correctly. I see 1 big nagging problem. Mike Mularkey. A screen pass will counter act a rushing defensive lineman. you know Sam Baker is getting beat on every down, screen pass to his side. But ohooo noooo. you continue to let your quater back get beat up. The middle of the field was open all day but you didn”t find Harry Douglas until the end of the game. To go for it on 4th and inches was the right call just the wrong play. Spread the offense and Quick snap it with a quarterback sneak. My goodness it’s just 6 inches. MM gets payed a lot of money for nothing,I often wonder what the heck do they do in practice to where they can’t score a touchdown in the red zone. The offense will never reach it’s full potential until they get a young inovative OC with an imagination.

Joe_Camel

November 16th, 2011
10:34 pm

Bring Terance Mathis and Michael Haynes out of retirement.

aldog

November 16th, 2011
10:42 pm

I can’t Blame Matty ice a lot of his throws were rushed because of pressure being brought to bare. The Falcons should have payed Harvey Dahl what he wanted. Still a good, don’t have to be great, OC can compensate for a weak offensive line with play calling and i just don’ see it from MM. Not last year and definitely not this year. The only time he has earned his money is in the 1st and 2nd quarters of the Green Bay game. Pitiful.

DR. FALCON

November 17th, 2011
12:07 am

i’M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT SAM BAKER! HE WASN’T DOING ANYTHING AT LT, EXCEPT BEING CLOWNED, WEK TO WEEK! WE SPENT A LOT TO GET JULIO IN THE DRAFT, AND HE CAN’T STAY ON THE FIELD! DISSAPPOINTING!

44counter

November 17th, 2011
12:34 am

Ryan has reached his plateau. He’s the 4th best qb in the NFC South. :-(

FalconJim

November 17th, 2011
1:26 am

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Freddie G

November 17th, 2011
3:06 am

Why are people still blaming the OC for everything that is wrong with the Falcons? Is he the reason the Qb is still missing his receivers, and Roddy White not catching the dam ball. Why are Fans so quick to give mike Smith a pass after such a dumb ass call to go for it on his 29 yard line. I could see him making that call on the 50 or beyond. Also he has compounded his stupidity by saying he doubted he would get the ball back, based on past experiences.I think Mike Smith’s decision is beyond stupid, that it makes me sick as a Falcons Fan. Regardless of what Brees did against the Birds in past seasons the last two times this defense went against him they held him to 17 and 23 points prior to that game winning field goal. To hold that offense to 23 points was outstanding and playing without William Moore.

Football Bat

November 17th, 2011
4:34 am

Do you think the jokes Matt Ryan tells sail right over people’s heads?

Johnny U

November 17th, 2011
7:05 am

All this talk about Ryan and the deep ball. Just watch some Sports Center highlights. Very few NFL quarterbacks put the ball in a perfect place every time. They just get it close and let the receivers make the play. Cut him some slack. Play calling or lack of it is killing them. At least they figured out how to run the slant with Harry.

Sterling

November 17th, 2011
7:56 am

Einstein – What the heck are u talking about?? Julio got INJURED he didnt disappear in big games. “The lights” are not scaring him. Injure has nothing 2 do with him quitting. Your truly an idiot.

CGD..

November 17th, 2011
10:20 am

Yeah Freddie G., Ryan is getting too many passes from these delusional Fal-con Fanatics…MM has nothing to do with a QB that is consistently inaccurate? If anything he’s trying to cover for him…Give it about 2-3 more years for these fanatics to catch on? There’s lag time for some because of their emotional attachment over these decades…Their bar has been set low for so long..

He has got to be more accurate in crunch time.He miss fired twice going to Tony near the goal line, almost getting intercepted in the 4th Qtr…If he connected game won…

SirReal

November 17th, 2011
10:24 am

Baker: He needs to stay out. Svitek’s actually done a pretty good job so far. I feel like Jared Allen would absolutely WORK Baker next week. He is the real deal.
JJ: Guys, hamstrings are serious. Look at Andre Johnson. He probably got it bc he has to run forever to get one of Ryan’s terrible throws and pulled up. I say sit him. Douglas is more than capable. We’d better enjoy watching him anyway b/c they’ll probably let him walk in free agency and he’ll become the next Wes Welker.

Just hope we arent mentally injured after last game. It happened. Its water under the bridge. Team to move on.

trademark

November 17th, 2011
11:27 am

…and the beat goes on….you know, by the end of his career, Ryan will VERY likely shatter a ton of Falcon passing records. Anyone of you critics of him actually WATCH the friggin’ games? What happens when he runs the no-huddle? Or has to come through in the clutch? The guy is money. White dropped the winner at the end. He hasn’t done that the last few seasons. Or several other bad things. The O-Line hasn’t been giving Ryan time either. This also new. This is a NEW problem. And, sorry, haters, it is NOT RYAN’S ABILITY. There is (gasp) a down side to Ryan’s game this year. His interceptions are up and his ability to deliver the deep ball on target is questionable. On these points he’s fallen off. On that note, both of these problems can be directly attributed to the play around him, i.e. the O-Line not giving him or the receivers enough time, or receivers running the wrong route…or dropping the ball directly into the defenders hands for them (again, sorry, see White). See??? There’s a REAL WORLD example of what actually happened in the game. Welcome to reality! Geez, I HATE to rah-rah so damned much for one player, but the comments are just so effin WRONG about this. Eh, what does it matter, this is just a comment page anyway. :)

james

November 17th, 2011
12:43 pm

I was thinking at the time, and I don’t know how many others of you were thinking this too, but I thought it was premature and unnecessary to bring Julio back for the Colts game. He should have rested that game to be ready for New Orleans. We may have even beaten the Saints had Julio been playing in the 2nd half and overtime (if required). Granted, he had a stellar game against the Colts, but we would have found another way to beat that team. I just feel like they should have rested him one more week.