According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who missed the team’s game last week due to turf toe, did not practice on Thursday, although he did participate in the team’s walk-through.
Contrary to prior reports that the team would perhaps hold Ryan out if the offensive line was not at full strength, Falcons head coach Mike Smith told the press that if Ryan is healthy enough to play, he will in fact play, according to Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The 6-6 Falcons face what is an essentially a playoff game when they take on the undefeated Saints on Sunday. Last week, the Falcons were only able to score a meaningless garbage-time touchdown with Ryan and running back Michael Turner out of the lineup. If they are going to have any chance of pinning a loss on New Orleans, they will at least need Ryan in the lineup.