WATCH: Matt Ryan's sprained ankle another sign offensive line is far from fixed
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan hasn't missed a game since December 2009. Since then, he's played in 154 straight regular season games, which is the second-longest active streak for quarterbacks, and the fifth-longest streak for a signal caller in NFL history.
But after Week 7, that streak is in jeopardy of ending. Ryan left Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams with an ankle injury. He reportedly left the stadium in on walking boot, and on Monday, Dan Quinn told the media Ryan has an ankle sprain.
His status for this Sunday's contest against the Seattle Seahawks is at best described as questionable at this point. The Falcons will evaluate him again later in the week and prepare for him to both play and not play. Matt Schaub is Atlanta's backup behind center.
The good news is Ryan avoided a major injury. If he ends up missing zero time or even one game, that's a lot better than maybe Falcons fans were originally expecting when Ryan limped off the field against the Rams.
But Ryan's sprained ankle, which is his first major injury in years, signifies how much the Falcons offensive line is still struggling despite all the capital invested in the position group this past offseason. I would argue the offensive line played the worst of any Atlanta unit in Week 7, which really says something since the team lost 37-10.
The offensive line allowed five sacks, but Ryan seemed to be pressured on about half of his dropbacks, and the Falcons running attack averaged just 2.5 yards per carry. Atlanta's offense didn't score a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter.
Rookie first-round pick Chris Lindstrom is eligible to come off IR and play in Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints. His return can't come soon enough.
He should make the line better, but whether it will be enough to keep Ryan healthy through the rest of the season or establish a ground attack are questions waiting to be answered.