"He's been working in the training room, and this week he started working in the weight room," Smith said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He's recovered and we absolutely expect him to (be) well beyond 100 percent when we start our offseason program."
There wasn't much of a question Ryan would be fine for the 2013 season, considering he said he would have played in the Super Bowl had the Falcons pulled out a win in the NFC Championship Game. But "beyond 100 percent"? We're assuming Smith was being hyperbolic, not passing along news that Ryan is using deer-antler spray.
Ryan threw two incomplete passes to essentially end the NFC Championship Game after being hurt when San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks took him to the ground on a 5-yard pass to Jason Snelling. The Falcons advanced to the 49ers' 10-yard line, but they got no further.
Ryan usually takes a short break after the season, according the Journal-Constitution, so he's on a normal schedule for the Falcons' offseason program that starts April 24.
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