Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley “to move away from football right now” to focus on mental health


ATLANTA – Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley said on Sunday he needed to “get away from football right now” to focus on his sanity.

Ridley missed his second game of the season on Sunday to sort out a personal issue after failing to travel to London for the team’s game against the New York Jets on October 10. He played against the Miami Dolphins last week.

“The last few weeks have been very difficult and while I would love to be on the pitch competing with my teammates, I have to step away from football right now and focus on my mental well-being,” Ridley said in a statement. communicated. on Twitter. “It will help me be the best version of myself now and in the future.”

Ridley, 26, has 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns this season. He was in attendance at all of Atlanta’s practices this week and at a team-hosted community event in the city.

Ridley briefly discussed the personal matter when speaking to the media on October 21 – the last time he spoke to the media – but declined to go into details of what he was doing. was dealing.

“I mean, in today’s world, me personally, it shouldn’t matter, you should mind your own business,” Ridley said of understanding why people would be interested in what happens. “But in today’s world, yes, I do. For me, if I say it’s personal, that means it’s personal.”

Ridley then said he thought it would be a problem in the short term.

With Ridley out, the Falcons will look to Russell Gage and Olamide Zaccheaus as receivers as well as an important and continuing role for rookie winger Kyle Pitts. Atlanta could launch more two-way looks with Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson or two tight looks with Pitts and Hayden Hurst.


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