Baker's active, but won't start

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

ATLANTA -- For the first time since a Week 6 game against Chicago, Atlanta rookie left tackle Sam Baker is active today.

But Baker will not be in the starting lineup, the Falcons said. Todd Weiner will get the start. But the fact Baker is active is an encouraging sign as he makes his return from back surgery. It's likely he's only a week or two away from being ready to start and could give the offensive line a boost if the Falcons make the playoffs.

Atlanta's inactives today include: D.J. Shockley (third quarterback), Laurent Robinson, Brent Grimes, Glenn Sharpe, Tony Gilbert, Wayne Gandy, Alex Stepanovich and Quinn Ojinnaka.