The Atlanta Falcons placed wide receiver Calvin Ridley on the list of non-football injuries on Friday five days after the team’s best receiver announced he was leaving football to work on his mental health.
Ridley missed out on Sunday’s 19-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers to deal with a personal issue – the second time this season he has done so, after initially not traveling with the team to London to face the New York Jets last month of personal reasons.
During the fourth quarter of Sunday’s match, Ridley issued a statement saying in part, “The last few weeks have been very challenging, and as much as I want to be on the field and compete with my teammates, I have to go away from football at this point and focus on my mental well-being. This will help me to be the best version of myself now and in the future. “
By being placed on the list of injuries outside of football, Ridley will miss out on at least the next three weeks. Ridley, whose fifth-year opportunity was picked up by the team in May, has 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns this season.
On Wednesday, Falcon’s head coach Arthur Smith said he had no timetable for Ridley’s return to the club and declined to elaborate on their communication.
“It’s private information, and I will not disclose it,” Smith said. “Just like I’m not going to reveal, players can speak for themselves when it comes to their own injuries. So I will not dive into that. I will update you as soon as I know what’s on the list.” “I’m not trying to hide anything, but I do not want to speak on behalf of a player. You have to do your job, and I do not blame you. But I do not intend to disclose their personal information.”