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Falcons’ Matt Ryan will play in Week 10 vs. Saints

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will make his return in Week 10 versus the New Orleans Saints.

After being sidelined for the Falcons’ Week 8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week, the 34-year-old veteran quarterback will make his return from an ankle injury after a one-week absence, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Ryan missed his first start in 10 years in Atlanta’s 27-20 loss to Seattle. Veteran quarterback Matt Schaub started in his place, going 39-for-52 for 460 yards, one touchdown and one interception. However, Atlanta didn’t score until they were down 24-0 in the third quarter.

Prior to his missed start last week, Ryan had started in 154 straight games.

The 12th-year quarterback had practiced all week, although he was limited in practice on Thursday. Quinn made sure to stress that Ryan is good to go for Sunday’s game, via ESPN’s Vaughn McClure.

“He’s ready,” Quinn said. “Just mobility. I would say that would be probably the biggest thing where you can, not on design plays out of the pocket, but when you have to improvise and move without having certain number of steps or such.”

At 1-7, the Falcons’ season is over. However, they’ll hope to get back on a winning track for Quinn, as it would appear this will be his last season in Atlanta unless the Falcons make a drastic turnaround.

On the season, Ryan has had a decent campaign, throwing 15 touchdowns and completing 70.9 percent of his passes. However, he’s thrown eight interceptions as the Falcons have been forced to climb their way from large deficits for the majority of the season. His eight interceptions are tied for the fifth-most in the NFL.

 

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