Falcons QB Matt Ryan suffers sprained AC joint
Initial diagnoses put Matt Ryan’s injury as a sprained AC joint in the non-throwing shoulder. Matt Ryan sustained the left shoulder injury late in the fourth quarter as the Atlanta Falcons ineffectively attempted to retake a second half lead. The Atlanta Falcons starting quarterback Matt Ryan got crushed as San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks landed on top of him with great force on a sack following a throw. Matt Ryan appeared visibly in pain as he took to his feet, but still played with the shoulder injury throughout the rest of the game.
The shoulder injury seemed to have a huge impact on Matt Ryan’s unconvincing performance late in the game. On the final play, which was presumably set out to be a Hail Mary, Matt Ryan threw the ball for just 20 yards, which raises the question whether quarterback Luke McCown, who appeared in only two regular season games and one post season game during this campaign, should have replaced Ryan at the final stage.
Despite setting a postseason franchise record of 396 yards and three touchdowns, Matt Ryan struggled through the second half, giving up two costly turnovers on Sunday.
Later, Matt Ryan was spotted leaving the Atlanta Falcons locker room with his left shoulder in a sling.
The Atlanta Falcons will reevaluate Matt Ryan’s shoulder injury on Monday and try to determine if he requires an MRI. So far, the Atlanta Falcons believe a surgery won’t be necessary for Matt Ryan’s ailing shoulder.
However, Matt Ryan will likely miss the Pro Bowl, and could be replaced by Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson on the NFC Pro Bowl roster.
No need for surgery has apparently been the only silver lining to Matt Ryan’s shoulder injury. However, the 27-year-old Matt Ryan has plenty of time to recover from his shoulder injury and make a case for his new impeding offseason contract followed by a tune-up in training camp.