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Calvin Ridley returns to Falcons after time off for personal reasons

Calvin Ridley, Falcons, Calvin Ridley returns practice

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley didn’t travel with the team to London when they faced the New York Jets for Week 5 action because of personal reasons. The Falcons had a bye in Week 6, and now Ridley is back with the team as they get ready for Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins.

Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said Ridley was expected to go through a full practice on Monday, per ESPN’s Michael Rothstein.

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Atlanta pulled out a 27-20 victory over the Jets in London without Ridley in action. Matt Ryan had a huge game, completing 33 out of 45 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns. Falcons rookie tight end Kyle Pitts was the star receiver on the day, catching nine passes for 119 yards and a touchdown, his first in the NFL.

The 26-year-old Ridley has 27 catches for 255 yards and a touchdown in four games this season. It was a rather disappointing start to the campaign after he caught 90 passes for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns in 2020. Julio Jones is no longer in town, so Ridley entered 2021 as the clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver.

Now that he’s back with the team, the Falcons are hoping to see that No. 1 receiver production from Ridley.