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Falcons’ Ridley steps away, admits he needs help with his mental health

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has missed the team’s game on Sunday. While his teammates were taking on the Carolina Panthers, he released why he missed the game. 

Ridley has announced that he has stepped away from the game. At least for a short time so that he can get the help that he needs.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley makes a reception during a media day portrait
Calvin Ridley makes a reception during a media day portrait (Photo by Calvin Ridley/Instagram)

“These past few weeks have been very challenging and as much as I’d like to be on the field competing with my teammates, I need to step away from football at this time and focus on my mental wellbeing,” Ridley said in a statement on social media. “This will help me be the best version of myself now and in the future. 

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“I want to thank my teammates, the entire Atlanta Falcons organization, our great fans, my friends, and my family for all of their support during this time.” 

Ridley is the latest NFL player, who had to step away for some time to focus on their mental health. Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson missed several weeks before he recently returned to the team. 

Johnson admitted in an interview with Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer that he had been battling depression and anxiety for some time. 

The 26-year-old was a first-round draft pick by the Falcons in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has played the last four seasons with the Falcons. 

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This season, he made five starts for the team before stepping away. Ridley had 31 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns. 

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He last played for the Falcons on October 24th against the Miami Dolphins in a 30-28 win. He had four receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown. 

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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