Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan ready for the Bucs



Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan was limited in practice Wednesday after taking a pounding against Philadelphia, but he’ll be ready to go when the Falcons take on NFC South rival Tampa Bay.

Ryan was listed as having a knee injury. He would only say he feels about normal for the middle of the week after a physical game.

“You’re still a little sore, but I’ll be good to go and ready to roll on Sunday,” he said.

The Falcons (1-1) need to do a better job protecting Ryan, who’s already been sacked nine times and hit 17 more times. Help might be on the way. Longtime center Todd McClure returned to the practice field for the first time since undergoing minor knee surgery late in the preseason.

McClure got in limited work and the team hopes he’ll be ready to return against the Buccaneers.

Joining Ryan and McClure in getting limited work were receiver Roddy White (thigh) and defensive end Ray Edwards (foot). Defensive tackle Corey Peters (back) and backup safety Shann Schillinger (neck) both participated fully in the nearly two-hour-long practice.

EAGLES: Michael Vick took a small step toward returning from a concussion.

The Philadelphia quarterback took part in a morning walkthrough on Wednesday, but didn’t practice in the afternoon. There is a chance he will play against the Giants on Sunday.

Vick was hurt in Philadelphia’s 35-31 loss in Atlanta on Sunday night, and was forced to leave the game in the second half.


JAGUARS: Coach Jack Del Rio named Blaine Gabbert the starter at quarterback, switching signal callers three days after Luke McCown threw four interceptions against the New York Jets.