Falcons left tackle Sam Baker will miss the next three-to-four weeks with a back injury, head coach Mike Smith announced on Wednesday, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
A 2008 first-round pick out of USC, Baker missed half of his rookie season with injuries. Ledbetter notes that Baker sought out back specialists during his rookie season, undergoing a discectomy on herniated disc material in his lower back.
Baker appeared in 30 of 32 games over the 2009 and 2010 seasons, but missed the team’s Week 7 win over the Panthers with the back injury.
With Baker out, veteran Will Svitek will start at left tackle against the Colts on Sunday.