10/20 19:31 CDT Former MVP Matt Ryan becomes latest QB to get hurt
Former MVP Matt Ryan becomes latest QB to get hurt
By The Associated Press
Matt Ryan became the latest star quarterback to go down in a rugged season for
passers, injuring his right ankle when he was sacked by the Los Angeles Rams'
Aaron Donald in the Atlanta Falcons' blowout loss on Sunday.
The 2016 MVP had been his usual consistent self for the struggling Falcons,
throwing for at least 300 yards in each of Atlanta's first six games. That
streak came to an end Sunday against the Rams' pass rush, which sacked him five
times as Atlanta fell to 1-6.
Ryan's right leg bent awkwardly as he was sacked by Donald and fumbled early in
the fourth quarter. He limped off the field and was escorted to the medical
tent on the sideline before he walked to the locker room, still favoring the
Coach Dan Quinn said he did not know the severity of Ryan's injury. Ryan wore a
walking boot in the locker room and was not made available for his usual
postgame news conference.
The Falcons also lost running back Ito Smith with head and neck injuries. He
was carted off the field late in the first quarter after a helmet-to-helmet hit
from Rams linebacker Cory Littleton that did not draw a flag.
Elsewhere on Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars survived some injuries on defense
to beat the winless Cincinnati Bengals. Linebackers Najee Goode (foot) and Cam
Robinson (toe) were hurt in the first half. In the second half, defensive
tackle Marcell Dareus had an abdominal injury and linebacker Quincy Williams
left with a hamstring injury.
In the Colts' victory over the Houston Texans, Indianapolis defensive tackle
Carl Davis did not return after injuring his hamstring in the second half. For
Houston, cornerback Phillip Gaines was carted off the field late with what
appeared to be a lower leg injury. Wide receiver Will Fuller left during
Houston's first series with a hamstring injury and did not return, and safety
Tashaun Gipson injured his back late in the first quarter.
Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen suffered a hamstring injury while scoring
his seventh touchdown of the season in Minnesota's victory over the Detroit
Lions. He did not return. Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen limped off
the field in the third quarter.
For the Lions, running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) and cornerback Darius Slay
(hamstring) were injured during the game and did not return.
The Washington Redskins lost safety Montae Nicholson to a right ankle injury in
their defeat to San Francisco. Nicholson was carted off the sideline.
Cardinals running back David Johnson was limited to one carry by ankle and back
issues in Arizona's victory over the New York Giants, who lost linebacker
Lorenzo Carter to an ankle injury.
In Buffalo's win over Miami, Bills receiver Duke Williams hurt his right
shoulder and did not return. Cornerback Kevin Johnson left with a head injury.
Dolphins offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb sustained a leg injury in the fourth
quarter, and guard Shaq Calhoun left with an illness.
Baltimore Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee suffered an arm injury in the
first half and did not return against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Los Angeles Chargers' injury problems on the offensive line continued in
their loss to the Tennessee Titans when left guard Forrest Lamp hurt an ankle
and was carted to the locker room.
The Titans, meanwhile, lost right tackle Jack Conklin early to an injured right
thigh and rookie right guard Nate Davis to a rib injury. Tennessee cornerback
Adoree Jackson hurt a foot in the third quarter.
Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson hurt a hamstring in the first half of New
Orleans' victory over Chicago. The Bears lost safety Sherrick McManis in the
third quarter to a possible concussion. He was hurt blocking on a kickoff
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