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quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III are already out of the game with injuries, having been replaced by Eli Manning and Drew Brees.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.