Falcons-Seahawks: Matt Ryan, three other key contributors inactive for Week 8

Dave Holcomb

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will miss his first game since 2009 and will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Ryan suffered an ankle injury last week against the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter and didn't return.

Ryan's absence will snap his regular season consecutive starts streak at 154, which was the second-longest active streak among NFL quarterbacks heading into Week 8.

In seven games this season, Ryan has completed 70.9 percent of his passes for 2,170 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He's averaging 7.6 yards per pass and is tied for the league led in passing scores.

Veteran backup Matt Schaub will start behind center. He will be making his first start since 2015 and first start for the Falcons since 2005. 

While Ryan is the biggest inactive player for the Falcons against the Seahawks, Atlanta will also be without guard James Carpenter, cornerback Desmond Trufant and running back Ito Smith.

Trufant will miss his third straight game, as he hasn't played since Week 5 because of an toe injury. Without him, the Falcons have allowed an average of 315.5 passing yards per game the last two weeks.

James Carpenter and Ito Smith left last week's game against the Rams with injuries and will both miss their first contest of the season.

With Smith sidelined, Brian Hill will serve as Atlanta's backup running back behind Devonta Freeman. However, rookie running back Qadree Ollison is still inactive. He has yet to play in 2019.

Here is Atlanta's entire inactive list for Week 8:


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