The Atlanta Falcons have released offensive tackle Sam Baker, the team announced on Monday.
Baker played six seasons with the Falcons after being selected in the first round of the 2008 draft. The 30-year-old appeared in 70 games and started 61.
With Baker sidelined, 2014 first-round pick Jake Matthews was inserted into the starting lineup.
Atlanta finished 13th in the NFL last season with 31 sacks allowed. The team posted a 6-10 record and finished in third place in the NFC South.