Originally written on ajc.com  |  Last updated 12/1/11

ATLANTA - 2009: Sam Baker of the Atlanta Falcons poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by NFL Photos)
  110812 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Sam Baker blocks Miami Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick giving quarterback Matt Ryan time to pass during 1st quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 12, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons left tackle Sam Baker admitted that he’s not 100 percent recovered from back surgery and that it’s been tough adjusting to a reserve role on Thursday. Baker, who’s trying to return from back surgery, is currently a reserve and special-teams player. Baker started the first six games, but Smith announced that Will Svitek will start at left tackle. Since being taken in the first round of the 2008 draft, Baker has started 41 games at left tackle and played in 45 NFL games. “It’s real difficult to not be a part of it when you’ve been part of it for so long,” said Baker, who has started since being taken in the first round of the 2008 draft. Baker is still working with the …
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