Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley announced Sunday he has to “step away from football at this time” to focus on his mental health.
On Sunday, he missed his second game of the season to deal with a personal matter after also not traveling to London for the team’s game against the New York Jets on Oct. 10. He played against the Miami Dolphins last week.
“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 Twitter. “This will help me be the best version of myself now and in the future.”
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas reached out to Ridley and offered his support to the Falcons wide receiver.
“I’m standing in that hole with you @CalvinRidley1. Keep GOING! You one of them ones fasho,” Thomas tweeted.
With Ridley out, the Falcons lost 13-19 to the Carolina Panthers.
The 26-year-old Ridley has 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns this season.