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Falcons’ Sam Baker held out of Thursday practice

Rookie starting tackle bothered by hip injury


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Flowery Branch — Falcons starting left tackle Sam Baker was held out of practice Thursday after suffering a hip injury.

“Sam’s hip was bothering him after practice (Tuesday) so we held him out,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We are hoping that he’ll feel a lot better (on Friday) and be ready to go.”

Baker’s hip was tight and the injury is muscle related, Smith said.

Baker, a rookie first-round draft pick from Southern California, has started five games. However, he didn’t finish two games and missed one game because of a concussion he suffered against Tampa Bay in Week 2.

Veteran Todd Weiner took over for Baker.

Cornerback Brent Grimes (knee) and defensive tackle Kindal Moorehead (ankle) returned to practice Thursday.

Grimes, a native of Philadelphia, wants to play against the Eagles.

“It’s a little frustrating,” Grimes said. “But I’m going to try to work through it so I can play in the game because I really want to.”

Scouting Jackson

Rookie safety Thomas DeCoud has a pretty good scouting report on Philadelphia’s top receiver, rookie DeSean Jackson.

The two went up against each other daily while at the University of California.

DeCoud is a third-round pick playing on special teams while serving as an understudy to Erik Coleman and Lawyer Milloy.

Jackson, who was taken in the second round by the Eagles, leads all rookie receivers with 433 yards and has also returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown.

“He’s always been a playmaker,” DeCoud said. “A guy that’s up to the challenge. He’s made plays despite his size. It’s no surprise to me … because he’s a great football player.”

Jackson is 5-foot-10, but his biggest strength is his speed and ability to play at different speeds, according to DeCoud.

Jean-Gilles a starter

With Eagles Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews out for at least six weeks after herniated disc surgery, former Georgia guard Max Jean-Gilles has some more playing time coming his way.

He’s started the last four games and will take over for Andrews at right guard.

“I talked to him last night,” said Falcons quarterback and former Bulldog teammate D.J. Shockley. “He just said how he was doing. He’s excited that he’s getting more playing time.”

Snelling jersey retired

Backup running back Jason Snelling had his high school jersey (No. 42) retired at L.C. Bird High in Chesterfield, Va. in a ceremony at halftime of their homecoming game last weekend.

“It was an honor,” Snelling said. “I was real proud and was happy to see my old faculty, staff and teammates. A lot of the people who had a part in my success to this point.”

Snelling, who started this season against Carolina and had an 11-yard reception, has been getting more action from scrimmage.

“I’m coming in on different situations,” Snelling said. “I’m enjoying that and hopefully that will keep increasing.”

Bye week bullies

Under head coach Andy Reid, the Eagles are 9-0 coming out of their bye week.

“I didn’t even realize that,” Reid said. “I don’t get caught up in records and things like that.”

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I think you guys are over reacting......... The man had a Concussion (the first injures)....... Tryoy P just had a Concussion and will miss a game..... so did Jordan Gross and a number of players this year..........

With this hip injury....... Almost every player out there is playing with something out there hurting..... Sam Baker Practiced some on Wednesday ....... I'm pretty sure the Coaching Staff wanted to hold him out to give that hip some rest.......

We will know more tomorrow

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Is amazing how much Love Baker gets on this list, and He deserves it too.

The guy is a Rookie and lines up every week against the the best players in the NFL.

He is just going to absorb a ton of punishment this year, you know he has taken more

than his fair share of cheap shots.

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