May 12, 2012; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Lamar Holmes (76) watches from the sidelines during Falcons rookie camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Falcons to miss Remaining OTAs

As I mentioned a couple days ago, Falcons Defensive Tackle Corey Peters will miss the remaining OTAs, and will not participate in other on-field activities until Training Camp begins at the end of July. As of now we can also add rookie Left Tackle Lamar Holmes to that list of injured players who will not engage in on-field practices until Training Camp.

Holmes is suffering from an injured toe on his left foot, and rather than try to play through the pain, the Falcons have decided to encourage him to sit out until training camp. The Falcons front office has decided to be extremely precautionary rather than to throw Holmes into the mix immediately.

Many Falcons fans have been clamoring for Holmes to replace the Baker/Svitek combo at left tackle, but I think that was a long shot even before the injury. Holmes is a massive human being with a lot of potential, but he is still a very raw prospect. Holmes may be a solution at LT next year or in 2014, or even a potential replacement for Tyson Clabo, but for this year it is unlikely he will get much playing time, let alone a starting job.

Two other players also missed the most recent OTAs with injuries. Stephen Nicholas missed practice time with a toe injury. This is continuing pain from an injury he missed time with in 2011.

Also, second year Defensive End Cliff Matthews missed time in OTAs, and will miss more practice time leading up to training camp. His injury has not been specified.


Tags: Cliff Matthews Corey Peters Lamar Holmes Sam Baker Stephen Nicholas Tyson Clabo Will Svitek

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