posted 8 years ago
Flowery Branch — The Falcons’ offensive line could receive a boost with the return of tackle Renardo Foster. However, defensive tackle Trey Lewis is expected to miss the entire season.
Foster and Lewis are both battling back from offseason knee surgeries.
Foster opened the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Lewis was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.
After six weeks plus a 21-day practice period, the team has to make a decision on whether to activate the players.
Foster’s set to return to practice after Sunday’s game against Chicago. Lewis is not.
“I’m supposed to be back next week,” Foster said. “As far as positions, I’m not clear on that. I’m assuming that it will be either tackle, left or right.”
Foster, 6-foot-7, 340-pounds, made the team as an undrafted rookie free agent last season. He started two games and played in seven.
“As of now, I’m still getting a lot of conditioning,” Foster said. “I’m still in the meeting rooms and trying to get my body in football shape so when I’m out there I’m up to par with the rest of the guys.”
Lewis, a sixth-round draft pick in 2007, made an impact as a rookie. He started five games and played in nine.
“I doesn’t look like I’m going to get out there this year,” Lewis said. “It’s kind of too risky right now. They want me to come back 100 percent next season.”