Matt Ryan practices, questionable for Falcons-Seahawks game

Matt Ryan of the Falcons is sacked by Dante Fowler of the Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Atlanta. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Credit: Todd Kirkland

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Matt Ryan of the Falcons is sacked by Dante Fowler of the Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Atlanta. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Credit: Todd Kirkland

Credit: Todd Kirkland

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who suffered a right ankle sprain against the Rams on Sunday, took part in practice Friday and is questionable for the game against the Seahawks at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Running back Ito Smith (concussion), cornerback Desmond Trufant (turf toe) and left guard James Carpenter (knee) were ruled out.

Ryan and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (abdomen) were limited in practice.

“I’ll have a sense for what that looks like tomorrow,” coach Dan Quinn said of Ryan’s ability to play. “We pushed it really hard today. We’ll see how (the ankle) responds over night to find out (if he can play). I think you have to push to find out. Matt really worked hard to put himself in position to have a chance (to play).”

Ryan appeared comfortable on short, three-step, dropbacks. He threw a series of passes to his left, then to the middle and to the right to stationary receivers. He didn’t throw to any receivers running routes during the portion of practice that was open to the media.

Ryan missed practices Wednesday and Thursday, though he was seen in the locker room Thursday walking without a boot.

He has started 163 consecutive games (154 regular-season games and nine playoff games).

Ryan missed two games in the 2009 season with a turf-toe injury sustained in Week 11. He came back to win the last three games as the Falcons posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history.

If Ryan can’t play, Matt Schaub would take over and Danny Etling would be elevated to the 53-man roster Saturday as Schaub’s backup.

Schaub was drafted in the third round (90th overall) of the 2004 draft by the Falcons. He served as Michael Vick’s backup before he was traded to Houston in 2007.

He went on to become a Pro Bowl quarterback (2009, 2012) and returned to the Falcons in 2016 as a backup to Ryan.

Schaub has played in 150 games and made 92 starts, but none since 2015 when he was in Baltimore. He has a 47-45 record overall as a starter.

He led the NFL in passing yardage (4,770) in 2009 for the Texans.

 

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