Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Jake Matthews (70) walks off the field after being injured against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Photo: John Bazemore
Photo: John Bazemore

Matthews suffers ankle injury, did not return

Falcons rookie left tackle Jake Matthews left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.

Matthews, the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft, started out as the right tackle in training camp. He was moved over to left tackle when Sam Baker went down with a season-ending knee injury in the second exhibition game against Houston.

The Falcons did not have an update on Matthews’ condition after the game.

“I don’t have any word,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “He wasn’t able to return the game. That’ll be something that over the next couple of days we will be able to update you guys on, probably Wednesday.”

Gabe Carimi, who was rotating at right tackle with Lamar Holmes, took over for Matthews. Carimi gave up the only sack that the offensive line surrendered.

Matthews returned to the bench and watched the game while sitting down. He was not in a boot nor using the aid of crutches, suggesting that he might have suffered a mild ankle sprain.

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