After injuring his shoulder in the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers, Matt Ryan has now reportedly fully recovered, ending any concern surrounding the Atlanta Falcons star quarterback. It was first speculated that he may need surgery to repair his sprained left AC joint, but simply resting for a few weeks helped him heal.
As Mike Smith told D. Orlando Ledbetter on Wednesday, "He's moved from the rehab part of it to working in the weight room, which is a good thing." Ryan would have played in the Super Bowl had the Falcons advanced, but the time off was beneficial to his recovery.
Surely we all remember Ahmad Brooks flattening No. 2 back in January, driving Ryan's shoulder straight into the ground. He was noticeably ailing from that point on, despite managing to stay in for his final three pass attempts. He's a tough dude.
Fortunately Ryan's shoulder won't worry Atlanta heading into the offseason. The franchise can focus on more important facets of its schedule, like trading for Percy Harvin. Okay, that last part might not be true. Rejoice, Falcons fans. Ryan won't need an amputation and should have both arms at full strength for 2013.