Arthur Smith has no timetable for Calvin Ridley returning to team

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During Sunday’s Falcons loss to the Panthers, wide receiver Calvin Ridley released a statement saying that he is stepping away from football for a while.

Ridley was inactive for the game and cited a need to “focus on my mental wellbeing” as the reason he’s stepping away after missing two of the team’s last three games. After the game, Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said he learned on Sunday morning that Ridley would not play and that there is no timetable for him to return to the field.

“I’ll let Calvin speak for himself. I’m not going into any details. It’s like any other injury,” Smith said, via Josh Kendall of

The Falcons had a dreadful offensive day on Sunday as they managed just 213 yards in their 19-13 loss. Ridley’s loss could explain some of those struggles and the team will need to adjust their approach for an undetermined amount of time.

5 responses to “Arthur Smith has no timetable for Calvin Ridley returning to team

  1. Must be serious for him to step away, in what was supposed to be his breakout season. All the best to Ridley in his health & progress.

  2. Falcons should cut him. Dependability and availability is important. This is a league for the physically and mentally tough. Go do something else if you can’t take the heat.

  3. “Availability is the best ability”….. and PS Show me one person who couldn’t use some lengthy time from work to work on their mental well being … I’ll go next

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