Svitek Out for Year; Holmes to Get Chance on Friday

Svitek Out for Year; Holmes to Get Chance on Friday

Jay Adams

Published August 20, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Head coach Mike Smith announced at the start of his press huddle after practice Monday that veteran left tackle Will Svitek will be out for the year with what Smith called an arm injury.

The injury occurred during Sunday’s practice and Smith said he learned today that it was enough to keep him out for the season.

Svitek was able play both right and left tackle and Smith said this presents a new opportunity for other players on the roster. Starting 10 games for the Falcons last year after starter Sam Baker went down with an injury of his own, Svitek is a player the Falcons will miss when it comes to depth.

“We cross-trained some guys early on and that will be something that we’ll have to adjust with and start cross-training some more guys from the guard/tackle positions,” Smith said. “Will is a real tough guy, one of the toughest guys I know. He played through a lot of injuries and did a nice job when called on when Sam was injured last year.”

In his stead, Smith expects rookie tackle Lamar Holmes to pick up the slack and expressed confidence in the personnel on the roster at the tackle position.

“We were very careful the first couple of weeks with Lamar, and he’ll get some significant playing time in the game this week,” Smith said. “Mike Johnson has been cross-trained at both guard and tackle, so we have options for that position. Believe me, you’re always prepared for injuries because that’s going to happen. You have to have a plan and follow that plan, and we’re looking forward to seeing some of these young guys get some significant playing time.”

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