With their playoff hopes teetering in the balance, the Falcons will have to march onward without their starting quarterback.
Matt Ryan, who guided the Falcons to a wildcard playoff berth last season as a rookie, will not play against Philadelphia on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. A time for his return is uncertain.
Ryan left last Sunday's game against Tampa Bay after one series with a turf toe injury. Unable to return, Ryan was replaced by Chris Redman, who tossed a game-winning touchdown pass with 23 seconds left to lift the team to a 20-17 victory.
Falcons coach Mike Smith offered few specifics on the injury Monday, saying, "During the week he's going to work with our medical staff diligently to get back as quick as he can."
Depending on the severity of Ryan's injury, he could miss several more games. He received a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on his right foot on Monday and went to see a foot specialist in Charlotte. He was back in Atlanta by the afternoon.
"We will have an update next week," Smith said.