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Falcons to promote Danny Etling from practice squad amid Matt Ryan injury

Danny Etling, Matt Ryan

The Atlanta Falcons have listed Matt Ryan as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks but their recent roster move could be hinting at him being out. On Saturday, Atlanta is set to promote Danny Etling from the team’s practice squad.

Near the end of last week’s contest against the Los Angeles Rams, Ryan was taken to the ground by Aaron Donald. While he was going to the ground, his ankle was twisted awkwardly and he made his way to the locker room.

The veteran signal-caller didn’t return to the game but it wouldn’t have mattered with Atlanta being down 30-3 when he exited. Following the game, he was seen in a walking boot and it was discovered that he sustained a sprained ankle.

Throughout the week, Ryan has gone from not logging a practice to being a limited participant on Friday. Despite his limited work on Friday, it appears as if the Falcons are preparing to be without their franchise quarterback. It would be Ryan’s first missed game since Week 14 of the 2009 season.

In the event that Ryan is ruled inactive, Matt Schaub would get the start, since he’s the only remaining healthy quarterback on the roster. Therefore, Atlanta had to add another quarterback to provide some insurance behind Schaub.

Instead of signing someone in free agency, the Falcons have decided to promote Etling from their practice squad. Etling was selected by the New England Patriots in last year’s draft but ended up being released by the team during the preseason.

Nonetheless, the Falcons brought him onto their practice squad before the regular season began. Even though they promoted him for Week 8, Dan Quinn is hoping he won’t need to take any meaningful snaps.