The Los Angeles Rams sacked Matt Ryan five times on Sunday, and it was the fifth and final one that had the Falcons quarterback limping off the field with trainers.
Early in the fourth quarter, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald broke through the Falcons’ offensive line to sack Ryan, who fumbled the ball while going to the turf. After taking the hit, Ryan rolled on the ground for a moment before getting to his feet and walking towards the sideline.
Falcons trainers met Ryan on the field and escorted him into the blue medical tent on the sideline. Ryan later left the field and walked to the locker room, and word was given shortly thereafter that he would not return to the game due to an ankle injury.
"I didn't get a chance to visit with him yet after the game, so we'll get a better sense for where we'll go [later in the week]," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. "If he's not able to, obviously we'll lean on Matt Schaub who's got plenty of experience. I know how tough Matt is; if there's a chance he can go -- I don't know the extent of the injury, where we're at yet, so I think I'll have a better answer Monday, Wednesday, Thursday as we're heading into the week, but I don't know the extent of it yet.”
Prior to leaving the game, Ryan was 16-of-29 for 159 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Schaub replaced Ryan behind center and led the Falcons on a touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. Schaub was a perfect 6-of-6 for 65 yards with a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Austin Hooper on the drive.