Sam Baker, Akeem Dent ruled out for Falcons


The Falcons won’t be at full strength when they welcome the Jets to the Georgia Dome on Monday night.

The team has ruled out left tackle Sam Baker and linebacker Akeem Dent for the game. Baker missed the Week Three loss to the Dolphins with a knee injury and then aggravated it in his return to the field against the Patriots last Sunday night. The injury obviously hasn’t made much progress since then, so the Falcons will go with Lamar Holmes, who recently lost the starting right tackle job to Jeremy Trueblood, at left tackle on Monday.

Dent left the Patriots game with an ankle injury and hasn’t practiced this week. He’ll be replaced by Omar Gaither in a linebacking corps already without Sean Weatherspoon.

Wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White were both limited participants in practice and both are expected to play. Running back Steven Jackson didn’t practice and is expected to miss another game and return after the Week Six bye, but coach Mike Smith said Thursday that Jackson hasn’t been ruled out of the lineup yet.