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The Atlanta Falcons will be without quarterback Matt Ryan as they try to improve their playoff hopes in a key NFC game against Philadelphia this week.

Coach Mike Smith said Monday that Ryan will miss at least one game with a turf toe injury. Chris Redman, who took over for Ryan in Sunday's 20-17 win over Tampa Bay, will start against the Eagles.

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Before the win over the Buccaneers, Redman had not attempted a pass since his last start in the final game of the 2007 season. Redman completed 23 of 41 passes for 243 yards with two touchdowns, including a 5-yard scoring pass to Roddy White with 23 seconds remaining, and no interceptions against Tampa Bay.

"It was good to get back out there and get back into the game and get a feel for it," Redman said Monday.

Ryan did not return after he injured his right big toe on the first series against the Buccaneers. Smith would not speculate on Ryan's status beyond this week.

"During the week he's going to work with our medical staff diligently to get back as quick as he can," Smith said.

The Falcons (6-5) lost three more starters on offense against Tampa Bay.

Running back Michael Turner aggravated his right ankle sprain in his return after missing one game. The team also lost offensive linemen Harvey Dahl (right ankle and Achilles tendon) and Sam Baker (left elbow).

Smith said Turner has not been ruled out of this week's game.

Smith added he plans to carry only two quarterbacks on the roster against the Eagles. Rookie John Parker Wilson, who has never been on the active roster for a game, will be Redman's backup.

The Falcons released quarterback D.J. Shockley earlier this season.

Ryan has passed for 2,291 yards with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He has completed 59.4 percent of his passes, a slight dropoff from his 61.1 percentage last year when he won Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Redman, Joey Harrington and Byron Leftwich were Atlanta's starting quarterbacks in 2007. The team struggled to a 4-12 finish following the NFL suspension of former Falcons star Michael Vick, who will return to Atlanta this week as Philadelphia's backup.

Redman passed for four touchdowns with no interceptions in the Falcons' 44-41 win over Seattle to end the 2007 season.

"Chris has got a lot of confidence in his ability and when he has had an opportunity to play in this league he has played effectively," Smith said. "I don't anticipate there is going to be a significant dropoff in the effectiveness of our offense."

Smith said Redman should benefit from his first significant playing time in two years.

"That's just part of being a backup, when you don't have that many practice snaps you just have to take mental reps," Redman said. "That's definitely different than getting out there and doing it yourself, and I could tell during the game just timing was a little off between me and Roddy and a couple of the guys. But everybody hung tough with me and we pulled through."

It will be the first game Ryan has not started in his two-year career. He made every start last season when he led the Falcons to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth.

Ryan had a walking boot on his injured foot and wore a black warmup suit as he watched Redman rally the Falcons past Tampa Bay in the final minute Sunday.

Redman said the Falcons' ability to overcome the four injuries should provide a confidence boost.

"There was no panic at all," he said.

"I think it does show the depth we have and I think that's something you need if you're going to be a playoff contending team."

Before Smith announced Ryan will not play, center Todd McClure said the team would have confidence in Redman as the starter.

"You'd like to have your starters, but if Redman is the guy, we have a ton of confidence in Redman," McClure said. "One thing that will be key and is key every week is getting our running game going and taking pressure off of him."

Turner was held to 33 yards rushing on 12 carries before he hurt his ankle again. Backup running back Jerious Norwood returned after missing five games with a hip injury and had six carries for 22 yards.

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LT missed games to turf toe down the stretch...

Despite its rather benign namesake, turf toe is a incapacitating injury that plagues many athletes who participate in running/cutting sports on hard surfaces. The injury involves a sprain of the metatarsalphalangeal joint (typically the first MTP). American Football is the most notable sport to have many of its players suffer from turf toe. As artificial playing surfaces became more popular in the 1970s, the incidence of turf toe injuries saw a large incline. This is due to the less "giving" nature of artificial turf as opposed to natural grass. Notable athletes who have suffered turf toe injuries include Deion Sanders, Jeremy Shockey, and LaDainian Tomlinson.

http://www.orthopaedia.com/display/Main/Turf+toe

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Now, how to treat turf toe:

Treatment

  • Include: Rest is the biggest component for healing; patients must try to relieve any pressure on the toes including walking in some instances
    Medical therapy: Anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs)
    Nonoperative treatment: Rest, icing, rigid-soled shoe (to prevent toe extension and flexion)
    Operative treatment - include links to pages with detailed surgical techniques
    Indications and contraindications

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The Atlanta Falcons will be without quarterback Matt Ryan as they try to improve their playoff hopes in a key NFC game against Philadelphia this week.

Coach Mike Smith said Monday that Ryan will miss at least one game with a turf toe injury. Chris Redman, who took over for Ryan in Sunday's 20-17 win over Tampa Bay, will start against the Eagles.

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Before the win over the Buccaneers, Redman had not attempted a pass since his last start in the final game of the 2007 season. Redman completed 23 of 41 passes for 243 yards with two touchdowns, including a 5-yard scoring pass to Roddy White with 23 seconds remaining, and no interceptions against Tampa Bay.

"It was good to get back out there and get back into the game and get a feel for it," Redman said Monday.

Ryan did not return after he injured his right big toe on the first series against the Buccaneers. Smith would not speculate on Ryan's status beyond this week.

"During the week he's going to work with our medical staff diligently to get back as quick as he can," Smith said.

The Falcons (6-5) lost three more starters on offense against Tampa Bay.

Running back Michael Turner aggravated his right ankle sprain in his return after missing one game. The team also lost offensive linemen Harvey Dahl (right ankle and Achilles tendon) and Sam Baker (left elbow).

Smith said Turner has not been ruled out of this week's game.

Smith added he plans to carry only two quarterbacks on the roster against the Eagles. Rookie John Parker Wilson, who has never been on the active roster for a game, will be Redman's backup.

The Falcons released quarterback D.J. Shockley earlier this season.

Ryan has passed for 2,291 yards with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He has completed 59.4 percent of his passes, a slight dropoff from his 61.1 percentage last year when he won Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Redman, Joey Harrington and Byron Leftwich were Atlanta's starting quarterbacks in 2007. The team struggled to a 4-12 finish following the NFL suspension of former Falcons star Michael Vick, who will return to Atlanta this week as Philadelphia's backup.

Redman passed for four touchdowns with no interceptions in the Falcons' 44-41 win over Seattle to end the 2007 season.

"Chris has got a lot of confidence in his ability and when he has had an opportunity to play in this league he has played effectively," Smith said. "I don't anticipate there is going to be a significant dropoff in the effectiveness of our offense."

Smith said Redman should benefit from his first significant playing time in two years.

"That's just part of being a backup, when you don't have that many practice snaps you just have to take mental reps," Redman said. "That's definitely different than getting out there and doing it yourself, and I could tell during the game just timing was a little off between me and Roddy and a couple of the guys. But everybody hung tough with me and we pulled through."

It will be the first game Ryan has not started in his two-year career. He made every start last season when he led the Falcons to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth.

Ryan had a walking boot on his injured foot and wore a black warmup suit as he watched Redman rally the Falcons past Tampa Bay in the final minute Sunday.

Redman said the Falcons' ability to overcome the four injuries should provide a confidence boost.

"There was no panic at all," he said.

"I think it does show the depth we have and I think that's something you need if you're going to be a playoff contending team."

Before Smith announced Ryan will not play, center Todd McClure said the team would have confidence in Redman as the starter.

"You'd like to have your starters, but if Redman is the guy, we have a ton of confidence in Redman," McClure said. "One thing that will be key and is key every week is getting our running game going and taking pressure off of him."

Turner was held to 33 yards rushing on 12 carries before he hurt his ankle again. Backup running back Jerious Norwood returned after missing five games with a hip injury and had six carries for 22 yards.

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a knee injury you can play through ? you see how our fan base killed Grimes for not playing in playoff game ?

yea thought so

lol..why are you putting a bunch of other people's opinions on him? what does grimes injury have do to do with his point? some fans 'killed him' because they thought he COULD play with his knee injury, just like the other poster is saying QB's have done.

Thought wrong..

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But this thread is about Lofton. Let's get back to that and don't let swift turn this to a Ryan bashing session, which he failed at.

Swift, where is that evidence that Lofton showed leadership. Video? Something. I've never seen it with my own eyes. But I have seen him crying after we got blown out when I was in the Dome. Saw it with my own two eyes.

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The madness involved in swifts actions here and those arguing with swift is a serious display of delusion.

Swift will always put down the Falcons, Ryan and TD. People will always argue him about it and prove him wrong, which can usually be done in about 10 mins by someone with a second grade education. Swift will never admit he is wrong and will always deflect being wrong. It is a sad tiring little game that never ends.

The quicker you actually realize this the less time you can waste on him. Guys it is pointless just ignore him.

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The only fact mentioned in this thread is that Lofton was a mediocre leader at best. we should just let it ride.

another fact is our QB the leader according to vel missed 2 games during 2009 stretch with turf toe...that is a fact ...he did miss those games

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LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

LT A LEADER...

I can find more instances of LT showing leadership than you can of Lofton. All I need to show you 1 and I'd have more on LT than you have on Lofton.

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another fact is our QB the leader according to vel missed 2 games during 2009 stretch with turf toe...that is a fact ...he did miss those games

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady missed an entire season, Ryan=better leader.

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another fact is our QB the leader according to vel missed 2 games during 2009 stretch with turf toe...that is a fact ...he did miss those games

Lol yea that's a pretty BIG fact huh swift? Find me a player that hasn't missed a game with turf toe. Now you've got two things:

1. Find evidence of Lofton showing his leadership capacity

2. Find a player that had turf toe that didn't miss a game

I bet you can't find neither and will ignore this post.

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Turf Toe can range from a simple bruise to torn ligaments. Ryan was in a walking boot. Not even tennis shoes.

SO a QB can lead with playing with broken ribs /bones but Ryan couldnt lead with turf toe ....makes you think is he really a leader ..

Most football players are tough guys would go out there no matter when team neither them most ...shows leadership and heart

maybe that is why Ryan has failed in the playoffs...maybe he lacks that HEART

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Poor Lofton: he is long gone and just old history around here now, yet we are still fixated on the guy.

Just say no to looking back: that is the key to moving forward. rolleyes.gif

How long is the Lofton hatefest gonna last? As long as the Brooking one?

I just don't get fans who can cheer for a guy one year, then hate on him the next just because he chooses to make more money somewhere else.

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SO a QB can lead with playing with broken ribs /bones but Ryan couldnt lead with turf toe ....makes you think is he really a leader ..

Most football players are tough guys would go out there no matter when team neither them most ...shows leadership and heart

maybe that is why Ryan has failed in the playoffs...maybe he lacks that HEART

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SO a QB can lead with playing with broken ribs /bones but Ryan couldnt lead with turf toe ....makes you think is he really a leader ..

Most football players are tough guys would go out there no matter when team neither them most ...shows leadership and heart

maybe that is why Ryan has failed in the playoffs...maybe he lacks that HEART

It's obvious you never played football. Lol how do you keep changing the topic. Who spoke on broken ribs?

If your QB can't even stand or drop back, how does he play? How does Matt do a three step drop if he can't walk? You can't put pressure on that foot. This injury put Ray Lewis out for 3 games, I guess Matt is tougher than Ray Lewis then.

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So we have established via Swift logic that Ryan is a better leader than Manning and Brady, and that Lofton is a better leader than.......Diet Pepsi Machine?

Edit: It has also been established that Matt is a Better leader than Ray Lewis. Additionally, since he has missed less games than Ed Reed he must also be better than him as well.

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2. Find a player that had turf toe that didn't miss a game

Sharpe started 112 consecutive regular season games, despite a painful "turf toe" injury and damaged Achilles tendon in 1993.

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