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Falcons QB Matt Ryan (ankle) out vs. Seahawks

As an arduous campaign plays out for the Falcons, it will continue on Sunday against the Seahawks without Matt Ryan under center.

For the first time since 2009, Ryan will miss a start for the Falcons as he's been sidelined by an ankle injury sustained in the previous week's loss to the Rams, the team announced.

Matt Schaub will start against Seattle as the Falcons search for a win and the end of a five-game losing streak.

On the season, Ryan leads the NFL with 15 touchdown passes and 202 completions. He's also thrown for 2,170 yards. But on Sunday, his streak of 154 consecutive starts will come to an end. It was the second-longest active streak among quarterbacks behind Philip Rivers at 215 and the fifth-best mark among quarterbacks all-time.

In Ryan's absence last week, Schaub was 6-for-6 for 65 yards and a touchdown in garbage time.

Taking over for Schaub as the Falcons backup will be Danny Etling, who was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday in a sign of things to come.

Etling was drafted in the seventh round in 2018 by the Pats, but didn't work out as a quarterback prospect and then didn't make it in an attempted switch to playing receiver. He was ultimately waived on Aug. 13 and claimed the next day by the Falcons.

Now, he'll be a backup quarterback for Atlanta in Week 8 against the Seahawks.

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