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Monday, Feb 27, 2017
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Falcons' Ryan will miss Pro Bowl with bad shoulder

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sprained his left shoulder in the closing minutes of the NFC championship game and won't be able to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl. Coach Mike Smith said Ryan will need three to four weeks to recover from the injury, which was described as a sprained AC joint to the non-throwing shoulder. No surgery is required. Ryan was hurt just after the two-minute warning. On a 5-yard pass that Jason Snelling took down to the San Francisco 10, linebacker Ahmad Brooks got a shot on the Atlanta quarterback. Ryan's next two passes were incomplete, sealing the 49ers' 28-24 victory. Smith says Ryan would've played if the Falcons had beaten the 49ers and advanced to the Super Bowl in two weeks.
Falcons safeties Thomas DeCoud and William Moore were added to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster. DeCoud led Atlanta with six interceptions and ranked second in the league among safeties in that category. Moore had 105 tackles, broke up eight passes and had four interceptions. Both are headed to the Pro Bowl for the first time. The Atlanta duo replaces San Francisco safeties Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner, who will be preparing for the Super Bowl in two weeks. He'll be joined by teammates Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis in Hawaii and Peyton Manning, the quarterback who preceded Luck in Indy. Thomas replaces Wes Welker, and Beadles replaces Logan Mankins. The Patriots players withdrew due to injuries. Incognito replaces Baltimore guard Marshal Yanda, and Starks replaces New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who will miss the game because of an injury. CARDINALS: New Arizona coach Bruce Arians has filled his top assistant coaching positions by hiring Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator, Harold Goodwin as offensive coordinator and Tom Moore as assistant head coach/offense. Moore has 34 years' experience as an NFL assistant, 12 years as offensive coordinator with the Colts. Bowles, who was promoted from secondary coach to defensive coordinator with Philadelphia on Oct. 16, replaces Ray Horton, who left when Arians was hired and is defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. Goodwin was offensive line coach of the Colts last season. EAGLES: Former Browns coach Pat Shurmur is joining Chip Kelly's staff. Shurmur is expected to be Philadelphia's offensive coordinator, according to the Associated Press. Shurmur went 9-23 in two seasons in Cleveland. He was fired along with general manager Tom Heckert on Dec. 31. Shurmur began his NFL coaching career with the Eagles, serving as an assistant under Andy Reid for 10 seasons. He was the Eagles' tight ends coach from 1999-2001 and quarterbacks coach until 2008. Shurmur then became offensive coordinator for St. Louis for two seasons before going to the Browns. JAGUARS: New Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley is keeping two veteran assistants from previous regimes. Bradley says linebackers coach Mark Duffner and receivers coach Jerry Sullivan will stay on for the team's rebuilding process. Duffner joined the Jaguars in 2006 and has long been considered one of the franchise's top assistants. Sullivan came out of semi-retirement last season and was instrumental in the development of young receivers Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts III. Duffner has 38 years of coaching experience, including 16 in the NFL, with stops at Cincinnati (1997-2002) and Green Bay (2003-05). Sullivan has 40 years of coaching experience, including 20 in the NFL.