The Atlanta Falcons are having a hard enough time at 1-6 on the season, so the last thing they need is an injury to star quarterback Matt Ryan. Unfortunately, that's exactly what they're facing after he suffered an ankle injury against the Rams last week.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter had a very telling update from the Falcons that doesn't bode well for Ryan starting.
Schefter reported that the Falcons have promoted quarterback Danny Etling from the practice squad to the active roster.
He took that as a strong sign that the Falcons intend to start backup Matt Schaub for the game.
Ryan has been one of the lone bright spots amidst the awful start to the season. His 15 passing touchdowns and 202 completions lead the league, while his 310 yards/game and 70.9-percent completion rate are on pace for the best of his career.
Schaub finished the game against the Rams last week and is an experienced starting quarterback.
But if Ryan couldn't lead them to more than one win this season, it's hard to imagine Schaub can do much better.
Atlanta will host the Seattle Seahawks at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The game will air on FOX.