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Report: Matt Ryan has sprained AC joint

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The season came to a painful end for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in more ways than one.

The Falcons blew a 17-point lead on their way to a 28-24 loss to the 49ers and Ryan wound up with an injury to his left shoulder. Ryan got crushed by 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks as the Falcons futilely tried to retake the lead late in the fourth quarter and looked to be in a fair amount of pain for the rest of the game.

Adam Schefter of ESPN originally reported that Ryan would have an MRI Monday to determine the extent of the injury to his shoulder or collarbone, but offered up an update a short time later with more information. Per Schefter, Ryan has a sprained AC joint in the left shoulder and the team is waiting to see if an MRI is necessary. For now, they believe no surgery will be needed.

Even with plenty of time to heal up, missing out on any serious injury is a small silver lining for the Falcons as they start their offseason. An offseason that could include a new contract for Ryan.

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  1. blackngold4life says: Jan 20, 2013 8:39 PM

    guess that’s the excuse..

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 20, 2013 8:39 PM

    Matt’s nose is a bit out of joint too, after that non call on the pass interference.

  3. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:41 PM


  4. TheNaturalMevs says: Jan 20, 2013 8:44 PM

    Injury seemed to mostly be Ryan looking for somewhat of a built in excuse for not getting it done. That’s how I read it. He was *really* selling it hard at games end, catching the last snap one handed.

  5. braceyourselffor12 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:46 PM

    Matty ‘Ice’ … How appropriate.

  6. sixjak says: Jan 20, 2013 8:46 PM

    Yeah that was a nasty hit. Ahmad Brooks says hello. Good thing he’s got some time off to heal now.

  7. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 20, 2013 8:46 PM

    Had Ryan not bumbled a perfect shotgun snap prior to that resulting in a turnover — the Falcons have not permanently relinquished the lead, nor would he have suffered the hit injuring his A.C. joint. He’d be healthy marching on to the Super Bowl.

    It’s amazing how easily avoidable mistakes can have massive consequences.

  8. mindelm42 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:46 PM

    Looks like Russell Wilson will be the 3rd replacement QB for Pro Bowl. Drew Brees took RG3’s spot, Eli Manning took Aaron Rodger’s spot (when did he get hurt?), and now Matty Ice out, Wilson in.

  9. daysend564 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:46 PM

    Romo > Ryan

  10. scoops1 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:47 PM

    rub some dirt on it

  11. jcg2822 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:48 PM

    Ryan grabbed that shoulder right after getting hit so it was no “excuse”.

  12. manilarizzo says: Jan 20, 2013 8:51 PM

    Reminded me of Shaub’s last performance….. just not yet a clutch playoff QB. That 4th down throw was just awful. He’ll be chewing on that all off season. How do you not just get a jump ball over to Tony G on that play? Live and die with your guys….. don’t throw BS that may not have even netted a first down in a play with the game on the line! Wow.

  13. S.Nevada says: Jan 20, 2013 8:51 PM

    How dare Mike Smith keep him in when he’s clearly hurt.

    Oh- Notice the ‘rub some dirt’/’tough it out’ comments? Yeah, remember those.

  14. jakec4 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:51 PM

    Rub some dirt on it is right. Don’t let a little ouchie stop you from going to the SB.

  15. hartcarluncarlun says: Jan 20, 2013 8:51 PM

    Say what you want, but Ryan is def one of the top qb’s in the league. Def not his fault, the def will be fixed in the off season!

  16. RoofDude says: Jan 20, 2013 8:54 PM

    Maybe Matty should Ice it…..

  17. mmsierra says: Jan 20, 2013 8:58 PM

    Adding injury to insult !!
    It must be a tough loss for the Falcons
    They looked invincible in the first quarter
    17 – 0 had me really scared and disheartened

    Give it up for the 49ers !!
    Give it up for Harbaugh’s decision to replace A Smith with Colin Kaepernick

    Go Niners

  18. hawksfanallday says: Jan 20, 2013 8:58 PM


  19. dlions8708 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:02 PM

    Is it really Wilson?? Stafford is an alternate too!! Not saying Stafford is more deserving, but it would at least be a make up call for putting Cam Newton in front of him last year.

  20. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 20, 2013 9:03 PM

    If the Falcons would have won, have to wonder if Ryan could have played in the super bowl or not. Ryan had good protection today. Better than I thought it would be. At times I thought he held the ball a little too long. Like the play he got his shoulder pancaked.

  21. thevelvetglove says: Jan 20, 2013 9:03 PM

    Why did I know the Falcons would blow it?

    Time for a new coach, one to get them from point A to point B.

  22. selbyrj82 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:05 PM

    Cue the excuses from falcons fans.

  23. daysend564 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:05 PM

    So, throwing an interception and fumbling in the second half weren’t his fault?

  24. giants56 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:20 PM

    Aaron Rodgers got his “feelings” hurt this season. So he can’t play

  25. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 20, 2013 9:22 PM

    New contract for what? If Gonzales retires that tells you all you need to know about the team’s confidence in Ryan.

  26. mgscott says: Jan 20, 2013 9:23 PM

    Atlanta would have signed Jeff George

  27. joetoronto says: Jan 20, 2013 9:26 PM

    That hit reminded me of when Tony Syragusa landed on Rich Gannon years ago.

  28. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:28 PM

    I’d still like to know how brushing the side of a QB’s helmet with your fingertips is a penalty, yet landing with all your weight on a QB and making NO attempt to brace your impact isn’t.

  29. sportsfan69 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:37 PM

    Matt “The Choke” Ryan

  30. wwttww says: Jan 20, 2013 9:54 PM

    Original as “69” in your nickname….no, we get it.

  31. mydroopysack says: Jan 20, 2013 9:54 PM

    His windpipe also has a blockage as well. MRI results Tuesday.

  32. armstrongsmissingball says: Jan 20, 2013 9:55 PM

    Not a falcon’s fan but The 9ers defender smacked down on Ryan’s helmet/face mask before he smashed on top of Ryan injuring his shoulder just like the falcon defender did to Kaep early in the game. Should have been a 15 yarder for both only one was called. Just saying.

  33. ninthwardfriend says: Jan 20, 2013 9:55 PM

    Put some “ICE” on that sprained joint “Door Matt”.

  34. aces79 says: Jan 20, 2013 10:16 PM

    The Atlanta Fluke Fans where talking Smack all week where are they now lol Go Niners bring a Six one home

  35. chc4 says: Jan 20, 2013 10:17 PM

    Ryan threw for almost 400 yds and 3 TDs against a good D. Why are people killing him? Morons.

  36. fritz1218 says: Jan 20, 2013 10:21 PM

    Rodgers has had bad ankle for several games.
    Ryan is a role model that girly Ponder could learn from.

  37. northeastkiller says: Jan 20, 2013 10:26 PM

    2 second half turnovers, a TOD in the clutch in front of the endzone, blown timeout that bit ’em in the ass…great job, Matty Hype. Enjoy 1-4, Failclowns.

  38. 4sacroc says: Jan 20, 2013 10:36 PM

    mindelm42 says:
    Jan 20, 2013 8:46 PM

    Looks like Russell Wilson will be the 3rd replacement QB for Pro Bowl. Drew Brees took RG3′s spot, Eli Manning took Aaron Rodger’s spot (when did he get hurt?), and now Matty Ice out, Wilson in.


    And exactly who cares?

  39. vikingdoode says: Jan 20, 2013 11:04 PM

    this game reminded me of the Vikings in 98′ great talent but when it came down to it… got scared…

  40. lakedog19352 says: Jan 21, 2013 12:30 AM

    i love the Cowboys but Ryan is Romo 2.0

  41. east96st says: Jan 21, 2013 1:09 AM

    “Say what you want, but Ryan is def one of the top qb’s in the league.”

    Ok, I’ll say it. Eli Manning has twice as many Super Bowl MVPs as Matt Ryan has playoff wins. No one outside of Atlanta was the least bit surprised by the TOs and the loss. It’s what Matty does in the postseason.

  42. valid1 says: Jan 21, 2013 4:21 AM

    Ryan is vastly superior to Romo. After that hit anyone might suffer. Also there were a lot of questionable calls, non-calls at the end of the game. The hit on Ryan could have drawn a flag and the final pass play was probably interference. That said I don’t have a problem with the reviewed catch, it was most likely incomplete but there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn, if it had been called differently on the field it would have been held up as an incompletion. But the suspect calls just highlights how the NFL needs to get pro refs that they can hold accountable instead of these generally incompetent part-timers. Ravens fan here so no dog in this hunt, pumped for a Harbowl.

  43. kanemoney says: Jan 21, 2013 10:04 AM

    I figured it was something involving the heart. They need to play with more of it. All the talent in the world that crumbles when the pressure is put on.

  44. linemanguy74 says: Jan 21, 2013 12:19 PM

    Birds will be lucky to win 7 games next year

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