Arthur Smith says Falcons still evaluating Ridder’s health

Regardless of how the Falcons choose to frame it, there’s officially a quarterback controversy brewing in Atlanta. After Desmond Ridder suffered an apparent head injury, the team played backup Taylor Heinicke in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Titans.

Heinicke played extremely well, leading the offense to a 20-point second half and nearly pulling off a miraculous comeback. After the game, fans were anticipating an official switch to Heinicke as the starting quarterback.

Head coach Arthur Smith wouldn’t say who the QB would be in Week 9 but indicated that Desmond Ridder’s health was the only concern, per ESPN’s Michael Rothstein.

Ridder was thought to be cleared for a concussion during the game, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens this week in practice. Smith said the team was going to take the next 24 hours to evaluate Ridder before declaring a starter for Week 9, per team reporter Tori McElhaney.

Story originally appeared on Falcons Wire