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Report: Atlanta Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder cleared to run

Fact: Ryan Schraeder has never lost a snowball fight

Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Atlanta Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder inked a new and shiny deal last season. Now we’re thrilled they got it done when they did, because it saved the franchise a lot of money.

In the Super Bowl, Schraeder tore a ligament in his right ankle. We’ve been waiting for an update about his injury, and now we have one. According to the man, the myth, the legend: Vaughn McClure, Schraeder is, as the Dixie Chicks once said, ready to run.

Schraeder is expected to begin running next week. He's been lifting weights at the team facility five days a week since the end of February, working out alongside fellow offensive lineman Wes Schweitzer. The Falcons are scheduled to begin the offseason program April 17, and Schraeder is expected to participate. The injury, which did not require surgery, occurred in the second quarter of the Super Bowl, although Schraeder did not exit until his ankle finally gave out in the fourth quarter.

This is excellent news, Falcoholics. The Falcons already need to replace Chris Chester this off-season. Having the rest of the offensive line back and healthy such that they can fully participate in OTAs is preferable.

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