FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has a correct ankle sprain and will not practice to begin the week, but coach Dan Quinn stopped brief of ruling Ryan out for Sunday’s matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
“He does have a sprained ankle,” Quinn stated Monday. “We’ll be preparing each approaches. If he can [play], that is fantastic. And if he cannot, then the bye would come at a superior time for him subsequent week. He’s currently in the pool operating. You guys have been about him. He’ll attempt something he can.
“If he cannot [play], that is the explanation Matt Schaub is right here, is for moments like that. If he is named upon, he’ll absolutely be prepared to do that.”
Ryan, who hasn’t missed a game considering the fact that December 2009, suffered the ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 37-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He was sacked by Rams star Aaron Donald, who beat left guard Wes Schweitzer. Ryan remained on the ground for a moment, then was helped more than to the sideline and checked out in the tent ahead of limping to the locker area. Ryan wore a protective boot just after the game.
Quinn declined to get in touch with Ryan’s injury a higher-ankle sprain.
“We’ll keep with sprain,” Quinn stated. “But we’re hopeful that it really is … understanding him, there is lot of degrees to a sprain. You guys all know that, just like there is with a pull or a strain. With him, I would not place something out of the operating. But hopefully it really is not a lengthy-term factor and much more of a shorter-term factor.”
Pressed on no matter whether it would make much more sense to rest Ryan this week regardless and give him much more time to recover with the bye week just after the Seattle game, Quinn did not necessarily lean in that path.
“That is not a query that I’ve asked,” Quinn stated. “If he’s prepared to, then he would [play]. We would not place him out there if he could not do all the issues that he desires to. If he had to be out there exactly where he was playing on a single foot, then that would not be the correct way to go, for confident.
“If he can show that he’s, by the finish of the week, in a position to do the issues he does, the keepers and moving about — he’s not the quickest guy, but he does move about in the pocket, I feel you guys know that, and is in a position to extend plays to get 1st downs – that is also element of his game. I feel we’d have to know that he can do anything in his limits.”
Quinn stated he’ll have a greater sense toward the finish of the week relating to Ryan’s practice and game availability.
Ryan hasn’t missed a begin considering the fact that he missed consecutive games to turf toe in December of ’09. He had created 154 consecutive begins, playing 9,704 offensive snaps more than that time span though going 86-68.
Schaub final began a game in December 2015 though with the Baltimore Ravens. The 38-year-old, a 2004 third-round draft choose of the Falcons and former backup to Michael Vick, has 92 profession begins and a profession record of 47-45.
“If I am named upon and I’ve got to step in there, no matter whether it be in practice or the games, I will be there for my guys,” Schaub stated just after Ryan’s injury.
By means of seven games this season, Ryan has completed 202 of 285 passes for two,170 yards with 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions — a single much more interception than he threw all of final season. Ryan has been sacked 19 occasions, like 5 occasions in a game twice, against the Rams and the Tennessee Titans.
The Falcons, who are 1-six and have lost 5 games in a row, have the Seahawks (five-two) — Quinn’s former group — coming to town Sunday.