Head Coach Mike Smith confirmed Monday afternoon that quarterback Matt Ryan (toe) will not play next Sunday against the Eagles. The second-year player will work with the training staff and the team will re-evaluate his condition after the game.
Chris Redman, who led the team to a 20-17 victory over the Bucs after Ryan’s injury, will start. John Parker Wilson will back up at the position.
“Matt has been ruled out of the ball game on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles,” Smith said. “During the week he is going to work with our medical staff diligently to get back as quick as he can. We will have an update next week.”http://video.atlantafalcons.com/video/200015/200015_2009-11-30-154501.flv
Smith did not have a long-term answer for Ryan and his recovery from turf toe.
Ryan completed 2 of 3 passes for 15 yards before leaving Sunday’s game. He was coming off one of his best games of the season, leading the Falcons to four second-half scores and forcing overtime in New York in Week 11.
Redman saw his most extensive action in 27 games against the Bucs and clocked a 89.8 quarterback rating and threw two touchdowns, including the game winner to Roddy White with 23 seconds to play.
Redman started the final four games of the 2007 season, including an upset win over the Seahawks in Week 17 to cap a 4-12 campaign. He threw for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in that stretch and was awarded with a contract extension in early 2008. A seven-year veteran, Redman has 10 career starts.
“Chris Redman, who came in yesterday, will be our starter this week,” Smith said. “I can assure you myself and everyone in the locker room has got all the confidence in the world in Chris Redman.”
Smith and Redman crossed pass in Baltimore for three seasons as defensive coach and backup quarterback.
“I am always in the game whether I am in or not,” Redman said Sunday. “As the backup, you have to be prepared to play at any second to be in the game. I understand that I am one play away from getting my number called to step in. This approach enabled me to focus in and help the team as much as possible. This organization has believed in me from the beginning and I will forever be thankful.”
ADDITIONAL NOTES FROM MONDAY:
- Smith did not reveal any injury details on running back Michael Turner, who also left the game, except to say he has not been ruled out for Sunday’s contest. “Michael will continue to work and we’ll see where he is on Wednesday,” Smith said.
- The coach reminded the media the Falcons also lost starting left tackle Sam Baker and starting right guard Harvey Dahl to injury against the Bucs. No update on their status. “It’s going to be important for us as a team — for the players that have an opportunity to play — they’re going to be counted on to do the job,” he said.
- Rookie cornerback Christopher Owens got his first start against the Bucs and Smith “thought he did very well.” The team also rotated other players in at cornerback but decided to stick with Owens and Chris Houston for the majority of the ball game. They will be the starters against the Eagles.
- It seems the Eagles are also facing some major injury concerns…