Matt Ryan will start at quarterback in the Indianapolis Colts’ game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
As a result of benching Ryan in favor of Sam Ehlinger ahead of Indy’s Week 8 game, this is Ryan’s first start in three weeks. In that time, Frank Reich said Ryan had a Grade 2 shoulder separation, but even if he had not been injured, a change at quarterback would have been made. With a pass percentage of 61.5, 304 yards, and two touchdowns, Ehlinger was 0-2 in two starts.
In the wake of Ryan’s benching, Reich has been fired and owner Jim Irsay hired former Colts center Jeff Saturday as interim head coach, a controversial choice that has now led to Ryan’s return to the field.
In an effort to bring consistency to the Colts’ QB carousel of the past few years, Ryan was acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason, though Ryan was 3-3-1 before Ehlinger took over. With a new head coach and a healthy shoulder, Ryan has another chance to lead his team, starting today against the Raiders.