Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been suspended for at least the 2022 NFL season for gambling on games, the league announced Monday. The full statement from the NFL can be found here:
Ridley missed most of the 2021 season, appearing in just five games and totaling 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns. Ridley stepped away from football in November to focus on his mental health. Monday’s news brings to light just how serious his struggles have been.
Now, the Falcons are left with only tight end Kyle Pitts as a viable target for Matt Ryan next season. Armed with the eighth overall pick, it’s all but certain that Atlanta will use that pick on one of this year’s top wide receivers.