Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch.
Will Svitek, the Falcons backup left tackle, will miss the upcoming season after sustaining an upper right arm injury.
The injury occurred during Sunday’s practice, the final of training camp, and coach Mike Smith made the announcement Monday.
“It’s bad news for Will,” Smith said. “…We’ve cross-trained some guys [at different offensive line positions] early on. It’s something we’ll have to adjust to and start cross-training some more. One man’s misfortune is another’s opportunity.”
Svitek was entering the final year of his contract worth $1.751 million. He served as the primary backup to Sam Baker, protecting quarterback Matt Ryan’s blind side. Svitek started the final 11 games last season, including the playoffs, at the position following injuries to Baker.
That leaves the Falcons with Mike Johnson and rookie Lamar Holmes as the primary backup to Baker. Johnson is the backup at right tackle. Holmes, a third-round draft pick, has not played in either exhibition game this season after missing most of the offseason with a broken toe. Smith said Holmes would see significant time in the third exhibition game, Friday at the Dolphins.
Smith would not say whether the Falcons would add a player to the roster to replace Svitek.
“We’ve got a lot of time and effort invested in the guys we have on our roster and I wouldn’t speak to any roster moves based on what happened [Sunday] to Will,” Smith said.
- Chris Vivlamore
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