QB (turf toe) held out of practice

Updated: December 23, 2009, 4:42 PM ET
Associated Press

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith says Matt Ryan has not had a setback in his recovery from a turf toe injury, even though the quarterback was held out of practice.

Smith says the plan all week was for Ryan to participate only in Wednesday's early walk-through session as the team continues to treat the injury to his right big toe with caution.

Ryan returned after missing two games to lead the Falcons to a win at the New York Jets on Sunday. He had some soreness Monday but says he's feeling "a little better" each day.

Smith says Ryan may return to practice on Thursday as the Falcons prepare for this week's game against the Buffalo Bills.


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