DETROIT - OCTOBER 23: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons is examined after being sacked during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Matt Ryan Injury: Falcons QB Should Be Fine But Getting Second Opinion

Falcons QB Matt Ryan left briefly left Sunday's victory over the Lions after suffering what looked to be a serious injury. Lucky for the Falcons, he appears to be OK but he will get a second opinion on the injury.

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Ndamukong Suh Calls Matt Ryan's Injury 'Karma,' But Denies Taunting

Ndamukong Suh denies taunting Matt Ryan after Ryan went down with an ankle injury during Sunday's game between the Lions and Falcons. Not content with merely clearing his name, the defensive tackle suggested the quarterback's injury, which occurred when one of Ryan's teammates stepped on his ankle, was actually a form of "karma." 

From Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press:

"I'm not even near their quarterback, so how am I going to trash-talk somebody that has a medical staff that's all around him?" Suh said today. "That's their own problem. If you look at that play, I didn't cause his quarterback to come down. (Lawrence Jackson), who was closest man to him, and Corey (Williams) didn't cause the player to go down. Myself and Cliff (Avril) were standing next to each other.

"If you look at it, to me, it's karma. For all the bad stuff they've done in the past, their offensive lineman hurt their own quarterback. So I'll leave it at that."

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Suh didn't elaborate what "bad stuff" the Falcons have done in the past, but there's clearly no love lost between these two teams. Ryan denied hearing anyone talk trash or taunt him, but Falcons center Todd McClure and receiver Roddy White told reporters they did. White's post-game comments

"I lost a whole lot of respect for 90 [Suh] today, and also 92 [Cliff Avril], the [bleep] they were doing when Matt got hurt. That was unacceptable. ... Like 92 was kicking [Ryan's] feet, saying, ‘Get him off the field.' We don't do stuff like that. We don't rally over guys when they get hurt. It was just inappropriate behavior. I mean, ‘Get the cart'? Are you serious? Come on. When you compete, you never want to see a guy get hurt."

Avril took to Twitter after the game to clear his name, asking why the Falcons didn't react to any alleged taunting as it happened:

About this hole taunting thing... Now if a player sees his QB get kicked or sees someone talkin crazy to him why didn't anyone jump in???

I kno if someone jumped on our QB our oline wouldn't sit there then report after the game... Just sayin

The Detroit News posted video of Jim Schwartz and Suh talking about the accusations Monday:

For more from Detroit, check out Lions blog Pride of Detroit. To hear Atlanta's side of the story, visit Falcons blog The Falcoholic.


Matt Ryan Injury: Falcons QB Getting Second Opinion

The Atlanta Falcons received the biggest scare of the season on Sunday when Matt Ryan went down with what looked like a scary leg injury. A defender came down on him twisting his leg in an awkward way and Ryan came off the field. Here's the Matt Ryan injury video.

He later returned to the game which made us think the injury was no big deal. Maybe it isn't a big deal but Pro Football Talk reports that, while Ryan believes he's fine, he's getting a second opinion during the Falcons bye week.

The Falcons had a rough start to the season but have rallied for two straight victories. Losing Ryan for any stretch of time would be disastrous for a 4-3 team just trying to keep pace with the Saints in the NFC South. Ryan and the Falcons have a bye week coming, so that's good timing. From there, they'll play the Colts in a game they should be favored to win.

The latest on Matt Ryan will be coming soon but considering he returned to the game you have to think there isn't any serious damage done.

Check out SB Nation's The Falcoholic to see how Falcons fans are responding to a Week 7 victory. 


Matt Ryan Injury: Falcons QB Returns To Game

For many watching the Atlanta Falcons versus the Detroit Lions, it looked like Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan’s day was over for sure, maybe even his season, when he went down with a knee injury in the third quarter. Ryan’s offensive tackle stepped on his foot, pushing the quarterback’s leg backwards. Ryan went down in pain, but did manage to limp off the field and into the locker room for further evaluation.

Apparently, everything checked out with Ryan because he was back on the field after one Atlanta defensive series, looking no worse for wear.

Ryan led the Falcons down the field on his returning drive. The highlight was a 49-yard deep pass to Harry Douglas, filling in for the injured Julio Jones, that put the Falcons on the Lions’ 29-yard line. The drive stalled out from there, but Atlanta did manage to kick a field goal which extended their lead over Detroit to 20-9.


Matt Ryan Injury: Falcons QB Injures Knee, Return Questionable

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan injured his knee on a play in the third quarter. As you can see from the video below, it looks like a pretty nasty injury. Stepped on by his own lineman, Ryan writhed in pain on the field for awhile after the injury. He did manage to leave the field, limping, but the status of his injury is unknown.

Falcons tackle Will Svitek is the one who stepped on Ryan’s foot. Chris Redman will replace Ryan at quarterback for Atlanta. Ryan’s ankle looked as though it was bent sideways, making it that much more surprising that it is being called a knee injury at this point.

Ryan was taken to the locker room for further evaluation of the injury. His status for a return today is questionable. The severity of his injury is unknown at this point in time. Stay tuned for further updates. Atlanta had a 17-9 lead. 

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