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Falcons’ Matt Ryan is a game-time decision for Atlanta versus Seahawks

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan returned to practice after suffering an ankle sprain last Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, but he is still a game-time decision.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said on Friday that Ryan is officially listed as questionable and the decision probably won’t be made until right before game time against the Seattle Seahawks.

According to Quinn, Ryan is only going to be active if he is healthy enough to play. If they want to activate Danny Etling to backup Matt Shaub, it needs to be done by Saturday afternoon. If they activate Etling, that would be a good indication they probably don’t believe Ryan is going to start.

Quinn said earlier this week that the team would play him if he was ready, but if he can’t go, an extra week of rest with the bye wouldn’t hurt him.

“He does have a sprained ankle,” Quinn said via CBSSports. “We’ll be preparing both ways. If he can (play), that’s great. If he can’t, then the bye will have come at a good time for him next week. He’s already in the pool and running.”

Shaub looked good in relief of Ryan last Sunday against the Rams. He completed all six of his passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. The Falcons’ offensive line has been a concern all year, so if the team doesn’t have a lot of confidence that his ankle can hold up taking a couple of hits it’s probably better the team just sits him, and lets it heal up during the bye.