Robert Alford, Matt Bryant ruled out for Falcons

Robert Alford, Matt Bryant ruled out for Falcons
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes the catch against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 23-20. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons cornerback Robert Alford and kicker Matt Bryant missed practice for the third straight day and have been ruled for Sunday’s game at Washington.

Coach Dan Quinn said rookie Isaiah Oliver will take Alford’s spot. Oliver is a second-round draft pick from Colorado.

Alford, a starter in 67 of 79 career games, is out with an ankle injury and will miss his first game since 2015. He was hurt in a win over the New York Giants 11 days ago but did not come out.

Giorgio Tavecchio takes Bryant’s place for the second straight game. With Bryant hobbled by a sore hamstring since kicking a 57-yard field goal against Tampa Bay, Tavecchio kicked three field goals against New York.

The 43-year-old Bryant is the Atlanta’s franchise scoring leader. Before this season he had not missed a game since 2009.