The Atlanta Falcons have moved rookie Jake Matthews to left tackle because Sam Baker is out for the season with a knee injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Lamar Holmes was moved to right tackle to replace Matthews. Homes started at left tackle for most of last season.
In a huge blow to the Falcons, Baker torn his patellar ligament in his right knee in the fourth offensive series against the Houston Texans on Saturday. The 29-year-old, sixth-year veteran out of USC played just four games last season after having surgery on his patellar tendon in his left knee. He signed a six-year, $41 million deal with Atlanta last offseason.
Matthews was the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft and had been working with the first-team offense since the Falcons' organized team activities. He now will be tasked with protecting quarterback Matt Ryan's blind side.
At Texas A&M, Matthews started at right tackle during the the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but in 2013 he made the transition to left tackle and started all 13 of the Aggies' games.
- Sarah Barshop