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Matt Ryan won’t play in Pro Bowl, could have in Super Bowl

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Had the Falcons advanced to the Super Bowl, Matt Ryan would have played.

This weekend’s Pro Bowl, not so much.

Falcons coach Mike Smith said Monday that his quarterback suffered a sprained AC joint in his left (non-throwing shoulder), according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Smith said the recovery time for the injury would be three to four weeks.

With Ryan out, the NFC is sending the B-team of passers to Hawaii, as Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III are already out of the game with injuries, having been replaced by Eli Manning and Drew Brees.

So while we debate whether certain quarterbacks are elite or not, you only have to be in the top 37.5 percent of your conference to call yourself an NFC Pro Bowler; or, technically speaking, not a Cardinal.

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19 Responses to “Matt Ryan won’t play in Pro Bowl, could have in Super Bowl”
  1. newenglandsports11 says: Jan 21, 2013 2:56 PM

    Hypocrisy at it’s finest!

  2. coltzfan166 says: Jan 21, 2013 3:00 PM

    Russell Wilson as his replacement?

  3. Stiller43 says: Jan 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    When did rodgers get hurt?

    Seems like he’s being a sore loser.

  4. dsjcn3 says: Jan 21, 2013 3:06 PM

    I’ll take a “B-team” Drew Brees any day

  5. finsphan says: Jan 21, 2013 3:12 PM

    Got two words for all the people hoping for the “new era” of running qb’s, wild cat. It will get figured out, it’s just a fad. If not for a fumbled snap and a receiver falling down on a rout the falcons would have won that game by at least 10.

  6. rmfields says: Jan 21, 2013 3:25 PM

    The Pro Bowl is a joke anyway. Just search YouTube for “Best NFL Pro Bowl Play EVER!!!”

    No one blocks, no one tackles, no one gives even 25% out there. It’s really just a vacation.

    Any hobbled player could be out there and not be at risk for any type of injury, and I guess that’s the point.

  7. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 21, 2013 3:26 PM

    Excuses! They lost and not because they never led, they lost because its that way! Shulda woulda coulda, think past the game itself, the ball is not completely round, i like it lol

  8. marvsleezy says: Jan 21, 2013 3:27 PM

    Is that why they didnt throw a hailmary to end the game?

  9. solomon151 says: Jan 21, 2013 3:35 PM

    Why is Eli going to the pro bowl?? The guy had a horrible season. He Went weeks without throwing a td. What a joke

  10. ravenator says: Jan 21, 2013 3:41 PM

    I thought this guy was considered elite after one playoff win? Weird.

  11. wwttww says: Jan 21, 2013 3:57 PM

    Ryan/Julio in their Prime for the next 6+ seasons together should be fun to watch…..especially in Charlotte,Tampa and Nola.

  12. brenenostler says: Jan 21, 2013 4:01 PM

    Another reason to get rid of the Pro Bowl. The top players don’t even play in it anymore.

  13. dioalice says: Jan 21, 2013 4:02 PM

    As a Cardinal fan (though, thankfully, not one of their QBs), this story made me smile.

    Jim Hart. Neil Lomax. Kurt Warner. At this breathtaking rate, the Cards should deliver a Pro Bowl-caliber QB in 2035.

  14. huskersrock1 says: Jan 21, 2013 4:09 PM

    If I was an NFL player there is no way I would play in the pro bowl. It doesn’t pay much and playing football at any level risks a freak injury.

  15. piratesofthecoliseum says: Jan 21, 2013 4:16 PM

    @Finsphan
    Don’t be so delusional to think that the falcons “wouldve won by at least 10 points” If it wasn’t for a missed fg by akers and a fumble by crabtree on the 1 inch line it wouldve been a 17 point smack in the mouth by the 9ers!!!

  16. hrmlss says: Jan 21, 2013 4:22 PM

    Eventually, they will have a bunch of practice squad players in Hawaii playing the game. Actually, make that the reward for the practice squad players not on the Superbowl rosters and leave all the “stars” at home with no free trip.

  17. betamaze says: Jan 21, 2013 5:50 PM

    Ryan was seeing feeling from angry crowd in Atlanta ahead of pitchforks and torches

  18. betamaze says: Jan 21, 2013 5:54 PM

    That should be fleeing of course

  19. vicvinegar00 says: Jan 21, 2013 7:45 PM

    Ha. Another “injured” player opting out of the Pro Bowl.

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