Monday, November 30, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA -- The return of Michael Vick is no longer the overriding storyline for Sunday's game between the Falcons and Philadelphia.
Instead of who's coming back, it's now more about who will be missing.
Matt Ryan was ruled out of the game against the Eagles on Monday after he suffered a turf toe injury early in Sunday's 20-17 victory over Tampa Bay. He may be able to return the following week against New Orleans.
Chris Redman completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White on fourth down with 23 seconds left to save the
Falcons against Tampa Bay after having not thrown on pass in the previous 27 games.
The Eagles (7-5) pose a much tougher challenge, though, and the Falcons' wild-card hopes may be hanging in the balance. Atlanta (6-5) had lost four of five games before rallying against the Bucs, which fell to 1-10.
"I can assure you that myself and everybody in the locker room has all the confidence in the world with Chris Redman," coach Mike Smith said Monday after announcing that Ryan would miss the Philadelphia game.
In addition to Ryan, the Falcons may be without running back Michael Turner. After sitting out the loss the previous week at the New York Giants, Turner re-injured his right ankle against Tampa Bay.
Ryan, the offensive rookie of the year in the NFL last season, was hurt when sacked on third down during the Falcons' first possession against the Bucs. The medical staff tried to tape his injured right toe and support his arch, but Ryan couldn't push off on his back foot and didn't return to the game.
Ryan saw a foot specialist in Charlotte on Monday after having an MRI.