Falcons’ Ryan returns to practice, listed as questionable
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Quarterback Matt Ryan returned to practice from a right ankle sprain and is listed as questionable for the Atlanta Falcons’ game against Seattle.
The 2016 NFL MVP was a limited participant in Friday’s session. If he is unable to play Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Matt Schaub will make his first start since 2015 with Baltimore.
“I’ll have a sense for what that looks like tomorrow,” coach Dan Quinn said of Ryan’s injury. “We pushed it really hard today. We’ll see how it responds overnight to find out. I think you have to push to find out. Matt really worked hard to put himself in position to have a chance.”
Ryan, who ranks second in the league in yards passing, was on the field for the first time since leaving in the fourth quarter of last week’s blowout loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He was injured on the Rams’ fifth sack and limped off the field after losing a fumble.
The 12-year veteran has not missed a game since 2009, a span of 154 consecutive regular-season and nine postseason starts.
Atlanta (1-6) has lost five straight as it prepares to host the Seahawks (5-2).
Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett practiced for the first time this week and is listed as questionable with an abdomen injury. Cornerback Desmond Trufant will miss his second straight start with a toe injury.
Left guard James Carpenter (knee) and No. 2 running back Ito Smith (concussion, neck) have been ruled out, too. Wes Schweitzer will likely start in Carpenter’s spot.
If Schaub starts, it will mark his first with the Falcons since 2005.