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Ryan showing tough resolve in his 4th season

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is playing at a high level this season despite taking so many hits from opponents.

When the Falcons (4-3) visit Indianapolis (0-8) on Sunday, Ryan hopes to stay upright for an entire game. He's been sacked 18 times, a considerable departure from the steady protection he had in his first three seasons.

Ryan is getting sacked once every 15 passing attempts. From 2008-10, he was sacked once every 25.7 attempts, but the quarterback insists he's no different from his teammates who "grind through a lot of different things" without missing much time.

In a victory two weeks ago at Detroit, Ryan seemed to suffer a right foot injury before returning three snaps later to complete a key 49-yard pass.

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