Various reports indicated yesterday that Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Lamar Holmes suffered a broken foot during Tuesday’s minicamp practices and is out indefinitely. Holmes missed most of the 2014 season with a foot injury, as well as being limited during his rookie season in 2012 with a similar injury.
Holmes had been working as the team’s reserve left tackle behind Jake Matthews, earning first-team reps throughout the offseason as Matthews continued to work back from his own foot injury. Holmes had reportedly slimmed down as well, dropping down from his listed weight of 333 pounds to 310 according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Holmes started the first four games of the 2014 season at right tackle before suffering his injury. He started 15 games in 2013 due to an injury to starting right tackle Mike Johnson, but spent much of that season as a replacement for Sam Baker at left tackle, earning just three starts on the right side. Holmes was a third-round pick out of Southern Miss in 2012 and appeared in just a single game that season.
Holmes was the leading candidate to man the team’s swing tackle spot. Free-agent signee Tyler Polumbus is expected to assume that spot in Holmes’ absence, with seventh-round pick Jake Rodgers potentially pushing him via competition this summer. The Falcons do have an open roster spot on their roster due to the release of offensive tackle Sam Baker on Monday.