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CHARLOTTE — Sam Baker, who opened the season as the Falcons’ starting left tackle, played right guard for the first time in his NFL career on Sunday.
Joe Hawley started the game at right guard before giving way to Baker. Hawley later returned after Baker’s man, Antwan Applewhite, sacked quarterback Matt Ryan in the end zone for a safety.
Baker, a former first-round pick, was not in a talkative mood on his walk to the team bus.
“Yeah, I guess,” Baker said after being asked if he was pleased to get some playing time.
He clearly wasn’t too happy about his situation.
“Sorry, I really don’t know what I can tell you right now,” Baker said.
Falcons coach Mike Smith would not elaborate on the continued shuffling going on along the offensive line.
“We made some personnel changes early in the game in the offensive line and then we switched back,” Smith said. “We went into it with the mindset that we were going to do it prior to the game. Again, we are doing
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Mike Smith had to be taken off the team's charter flight with chest pains, but team officials said it was a 'non-emergency' situation.
Falcons coach Mike Smith addressing the local media on Monday after going to the hospital with chest pains in Charlotte. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)
FLOWERY BRANCH — After putting the team through a brisk 40-minute walk-through practice, Falcons head coach Mike Smith addressed his health on Monday night.
ON HIS VISIT TO THE HOSPITAL: I want to say that after the game...
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is back home after being taken to the hospital in Charlotte, N.C.
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As reported by Peter King at halftime of the Sunday night football game, Atlanta Falcons’ head coach Mike Smith was removed from the team charter home from Charlotte tonight, complaining of chest pains.
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Mike Smith Taken Off Falcons’ Charter With Chest Pains - The Jet Press - The Jet Press - A New York Jets...
CHARLOTTE — After the game before the team boarded their charter at the airport, Falcons coach Mike Smith, 52, was rushed to the hosptial with chest pains.
“Following the Falcons verses Carolina game today head coach Mike Smith was transported to the hospital in Charlotte for a non-emergency matter,” the team said in a statement released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Matt Ryan threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rookie Julio Jones, and the Atlanta Falcons...
Matt Ryan threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rookie Julio Jones, and the Atlanta Falcons erased a 16-point deficit to defeat the Carolina Panthers 31-23 on Sunday. Ryan threw for 318 yards and tied a career high with four touchdowns passing. Atlanta (8-5) avoided a costly loss to stay alive in the NFC wild card race.
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