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Falcons rookie lineman Baker to have back surgery Thursday

Updated: October 29, 2008, 9:02 PM ET
Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons rookie offensive tackle Sam Baker will have surgery on his lower back Thursday, leaving his status for the rest of the season uncertain.

Falcons coach Mike Smith said Baker will have a discectomy, and he said the procedure will be performed in California, where he was examined by specialists on Wednesday.

A discectomy is the surgical removal of herniated disc material that presses on a nerve root or the spinal cord, according to WebMD.com.

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