Falcons news: Matt Ryan ruled out for Week 8 vs. Seahawks
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Falcons’ Matt Ryan ruled out for Week 8 matchup vs. Seahawks

Matt Ryan

The Atlanta Falcons were holding out hope throughout the week that Matt Ryan would be able to play in Week 8. Despite their optimism, Ryan has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, per Adam Schefter.

The veteran quarterback suffered a sprained ankle during last week’s contest against the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter. Following the game, he was seen in a walking boot and there were immediate doubts that he’d suit up in Week 8.

On Friday, Ryan was able to be a limited participant practice but the team listed him as questionable. Just a day later, it appears that Atlanta is going to take a cautious approach with their franchise signal-caller.

When your team is 1-6 to begin the season, there is no need to rush Ryan back onto the field. Especially when he could re-injure himself while he’s running away from JaDeveon Clowney.

With Ryan being ruled out for Sunday’s game, this will be the first game he’s missed since Week 14 of the 2009 season. As a matter of fact, Ryan had started in 163 games (including playoffs) prior to this week.

While Ryan heads to the sideline, Matt Schaub will become the starting quarterback for the Falcons. This will be Schaub’s first start since Week 13 of the 2015 season when he was with the Baltimore Ravens.

There’s no doubt that Atlanta’s offense will look vastly different without Ryan throwing the ball to Julio Jones. Due to the bevy of injuries at the quarterback position, the team also promoted Danny Etling from their practice squad to be Schaub’s backup versus the Seahawks.