FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan suffered a sprained left (non-throwing) shoulder in the final minutes of Sundays 28-24 loss to the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game and will not participate in Sundays Pro Bowl, Atlanta head coach Mike Smith said on Monday.
Smith said the rehab process would not require surgery and should last three to four weeks. As a result, the Falcons expect Ryan to be healthy in time for the start of their offseason program on April 24. Ryan will do the rehab at the teams practice facility here.
As such, Smith said the shoulder was neither separated nor dislocated. He would not comment on a report that said the shoulder popped out of the joint and the teams medical staff popped it back in.
Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker dislocated his shoulder twice in the Titans first four games and underwent offseason surgery. Locker also suffered a fractured bone at the front of his shoulder and missed five games.
Smith said that if the Falcons had ...