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Calvin Ridley temporarily stepping away from football to focus on mental health

Calvin Ridley with a reception in 2020 for Falcons versus Chargers
Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is taking some time away from football to focus on his mental health.

Ridley made the news public in a statement released on social media announcing his break.

“These past few weeks have been very challenging 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 his statement.”This will help me be the best version of myself now and in the future.

“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 was a late scratch from the Falcons matchup against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

In five games, Ridley has 31 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons.

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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