Falcons sign familiar face to help protect Ryan

Seeking to protect their rookie franchise quarterback, the Falcons reached into their past and signed veteran offensive tackle Wayne Gandy.

Atlanta was in the market for a left tackle because their other prized rookie first-round pick, Sam Baker, has been battling a lower back injury that will require further testing. Baker will not play Sunday in Oakland against the Raiders, and Atlanta wants to ensure it has as many quality left tackles as possible to try to protect rookie quarterback Matt Ryan.

Minus Baker, the Falcons will start Todd Weiner, an eleven-year veteran. The 37-year-old Gandy will back him up, giving Atlanta what it hopes is a viable backup.

On Tuesday the Falcons worked out both Gandy and former Panthers left tackle Todd Steussie. Atlanta opted for the player it know best, Gandy, who signed with Atlanta in 2006, tore his ACL in 2007 and was released after the season.

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