FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons were without Pro Bowl kicker Matt Bryant during their win against the New York Giants, but they seem optimistic about his health coming out of the bye week.
Speaking to the media on Monday, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Bryant has shown positive signs in his recovery from a hamstring injury and that they won't rule him out for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins as of now.
"I think it treated him well," Quinn said of how the bye week treated Bryant. "He's making a turn for the better. We're not going to rule him out this week; we'll see where it goes through Thursday afternoon, that's usually the day that he gets most of the kicking. [We won't make a decision] until we have a better sense for that. But the thing that I was fired up about is that he's closer than he's been last week by quite a bit.
"You don't really know with a hamstring until you kind of go, it's kind of like running. He's got to test his power a little bit. But we're encouraged that he'll be able to get in and test it some Thursday."
Bryant injured his hamstring while making a 57-yard field goal in the Falcons' win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6. Giorgio Tavecchio filled in for Bryant against the Giants, and he was a perfect three-for-three on the night, earning NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his performance.