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Loss of left tackle Sam Baker just the latest setback for Falcons' battered offensive line

  • FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2013, file photo, Atlanta Falcons left tackle Sam Baker looks on before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C.  The loss of Baker to a season-ending knee injury is just the latest blow for the Falcons' ravaged offensive line which has had no opportunity to develop into a cohesive unit.  (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2013, file photo, Atlanta Falcons left tackle Sam Baker looks on before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. The loss of Baker to a season-ending knee injury is just the latest blow for the Falcons' ravaged offensive line which has had no opportunity to develop into a cohesive unit. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) hits Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) hits Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

Ten-year veteran offensive tackle Sean Locklear says he feels like a rookie again after signing with the Falcons this week.

Locklear better learn his new playbook quickly. The Falcons' battered offensive line needs immediate help.

This week's loss of left tackle Sam Baker to a season-ending knee injury is another setback for the Falcons, who play at Tampa Bay on Sunday. There has been little chance for the line to develop continuity.

Atlanta began the year looking to replace center Todd McClure, who retired, and right tackle Tyson Clabo, who was released. Projected starting tackle Mike Johnson's season ended with a leg injury in training camp. There have been frequent adjustments at both tackle spots as Baker missed five games with the bad knee.

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