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Does Sam Baker's Health Really Matter?

Fact: Bake doesn't like when he's left out of broments
Fact: Bake doesn't like when he's left out of broments

Obviously it does, but to what extent. His well-documented struggle to stay healthy haunts my dreams. I keep picturing Matt Ryan on the ground, writhing in pain, while Baker stands aimlessly nearby, a befuddled look on his face.

And surprise surprise, another article about how Baker's feeling better than ever.

He has had back surgery three times since his rookie year and twice since last October. His five-year contract expires in February.

''It's just as hard mentally as it is physically,'' Baker said Sunday. ''The organization has really helped me out with that. The rehab program, the strength program and everything else are phenomenal here.''

Look, I hope he is healthy. And I hope he can resemble himself circa 2008. If he can, that's obviously a huge offensive boost. If he can't, I think we all know where this is headed; he's had his chances and it may be time to part ways.

I'm wondering if his health even matters though. The "his arms are too short!" argument was debunked. He occasionally performs at a high level, but more often than not, he disappoints. It's easy to blame his health. But maybe he just can't cut it. And if that's the case, then all this "he's healthier than ever!" mumbo jumbo is just that, mumbo with a healthy dose of jumbo.

So what do y'all think? If he's truly healthy, will he miraculously resemble a competent left tackle?