FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was rested in practice on Thursday.
“Number of throws; pitch count through the first five or six days of practice,” said Falcons coach Mike Smith when asked about the decision to rest Ryan.
Backup quarterback Chris Redman ran the first-team offense. While John Parker Wilson and Dominique Davis also received more repetitions.
In addition to Ryan, defensive end John Abraham and Todd McClure were rested in parts of practice.
“We had rest for about three or four guys today,” Smith said. “We’ll try to work these guys tomorrow night and then we’ll try to ease up before we get to the first [exhibition] season game, which will be a great evaluation for the young guys.”
Also, defensive tackle Vance Walker suffered an undisclosed injury and did not participate in practice. He joins defensive tackle Corey Peters (foot) and running back Robbie Frey (foot) on the injured list.
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