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Falcons QB Matt Ryan returns to practice on Friday after ankle injury

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan returned to practice on Friday after suffering an ankle injury during last Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Ryan was diagnosed with an ankle sprain after the game, and he did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. He was seen wearing a walking boot in the locker room on Thursday, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ryan’s streak of 154 consecutive games started will come to an abrupt end if he is unable to go this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

The 34-year-old had his worst game of the season against the Rams. He completed under 60 percent of his passes for just 159 yards and an interception, and Ryan’s 60.6 Quarterback Rating was his worst mark yet.

Ryan is still capable of producing at an elite level. He has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns while completing over 70 percent of his pass attempts. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s defense has not matched Ryan’s offensive output.

The Falcons rank 29th in football in defensive DVOA, according to Football Outsiders. They also rank 31st in points per game (31.9), which is the most evident reason for their 1-6 record heading into Week 8.

Atlanta has hardly been able to relax or take this season in stride. Star wideout Julio Jones was involved in a protracted contract extension saga. Cornerback Desmond Trufant has missed the last two games with an injury. Most notably, head coach Dan Quinn may be in his final days on the headset.

However, Ryan appears to be gutting it out in the hopes that the Falcons can still turn things around.