Oct 3, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) tries to catch a pass behind Washington Football Team cornerback William Jackson III (23) during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley among alleged victims of crime spree

Suspended Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is among the victims of an alleged gang-related crime spree in the Atlanta area, the district attorney said.

Also targeted was Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan, said Fani Willis, the Fulton County district attorney.

On Monday, Willis unveiled a 220-count indictment that a grand jury handed up last week that charges 26 alleged members of the Drug Rich gang with a breaking into homes and carrying out burglaries in Fulton County over the past year. She said the homes of athletes, entertainers, social media influencers and those who display their luxuries on social media were ripe for crime.

Willis said Drug Rich members have committed a string of violent crimes in addition to home invasions, including kidnappings and armed robberies. The homes of Ridley and Guzan were broken into, she said.

“What they do is target people who show their wealth on social media,” she said. “So I do have a message for the public: Where it is kind of fun to put your things on social media and show off, unfortunately these gangs are becoming more savvy, more sophisticated in the way that they target you.”

Ridley, for one, has been known to flaunt expensive jewelry on his Instagram account.

He is suspended indefinitely for gambling on NFL games last season. His suspension will last through at least the 2022 season.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) carries the ball past New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons’ Calvin Ridley suspended 1 year for gambling on NFL

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley was suspended Monday for at least one year for betting on NFL games during the 2021 season.

Ridley can appeal the suspension. If it stands, he can petition for reinstatement on Feb. 15, 2023.

Ridley bet on games over a five-day period in late November while the 27-year-old was away from the team for personal reasons, according to an NFL release.

“Your actions put the integrity of the game at risk, threatened to damage public confidence in professional football, and potentially undermined the reputations of your fellow players throughout the NFL,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Ridley.

Ridley played in five games (all starts) last season. On Oct. 31, he announced that he was leaving the team to “focus on my mental well-being.” He had missed two games to that point for what the club called personal reasons.

He finished 2021 with 31 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns.

Since being selected No. 26 overall by the Falcons in the 2018 draft, Ridley has 248 catches for 3,342 yards and 28 TDs in 49 games (35 starts).

In its statement, the NFL said there was no evidence that Ridley used inside information to place bets. There’s also no evidence that teammates or coaches were aware of his activity, the league said.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) gets a tap on the helmet from quarterback Matt Ryan (2) after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (personal reasons) out vs. Panthers

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is inactive for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers due to a personal matter.

Ridley also didn’t travel to London for the Oct. 10 game due to personal reasons, a 27-20 win against the New York Jets, but returned after the bye week for last week’s 30-28 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Ridley, 26, caught his second touchdown pass of the season in that game. He has 31 catches for 281 yards for the Falcons (3-3) so far this season.

Ridley had career bests of 90 catches and 1,374 yards last season when he supplanted the since-departed Julio Jones as the team’s top wideout.

Overall, Ridley has 248 receptions for 3,342 yards and 28 touchdowns in 49 NFL games (35 starts).

Tajae Sharpe will start in Ridley’s place.

The Falcons also listed running back Wayne Gallman, linebacker Dorian Etheridge, offensive lineman Josh Andrews and defensive linemen John Cominsky and Ta’Quon Graham as inactive vs. the Panthers (3-4).

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) carries the ball past New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers (21) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

WR Calvin Ridley (personal) returns to Falcons

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is returning to practice after taking time away to address a personal matter.

Coach Arthur Smith made the announcement Monday.

Ridley didn’t travel to London for the Oct. 10 game, a 27-20 win against the New York Jets. The Falcons had a bye Sunday.

Ridley, 26, is off to a strong start and has 27 catches for 255 yards and one touchdown for Atlanta (2-3).

The team did not give a reason for his time away from the team, saying only, “We are in support of Calvin during this time and will respect his privacy on the matter.”

Riley had career bests of 90 catches and 1,374 yards last season when he supplanted the since-departed Julio Jones as the team’s top wideout.

Overall, Ridley has 244 receptions for 3,316 yards and 27 touchdowns in 48 NFL games (34 starts).

The Falcons visit the Miami Dolphins (1-5) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Falcons WR Calvin Ridley had minor foot surgery

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley had minor foot surgery but should be ready for training camp, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Ridley, 26, recently had “a little cleanup” procedure with Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wis., per the report.

He is not participating in this week’s minicamp. The Falcons are scheduled to report to training camp on July 27.

Ridley enters the 2021 season in the spotlight as quarterback Matt Ryan’s undisputed go-to target following the trade of seven-time Pro Bowl selection Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans.

With Jones missing seven games last season, Ridley led the Falcons and set career highs with 90 catches for 1,374 yards. He caught nine touchdown passes.

A first-round pick in 2018 (26th overall) out of Alabama, Ridley has 217 catches for 3,061 yards and 26 touchdowns in 44 games (30 starts).

–Field Level Media

Aug 26, 2020; Flowery Branch, GA, USA;   Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) catches a ball during an NFL football training camp practice on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Flowery Branch, Ga. Mandatory Credit: Brynn Anderson/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons WR Jones (hamstring) questionable vs. Panthers

Atlanta Falcons wideout Julio Jones did not participate in practice for a third consecutive day on Friday and is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Jones is nursing a chronic hamstring injury that caused him to miss the second half of the Falcons’ 30-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday night. He also sat out Atlanta’s 30-26 setback to the Chicago Bears on Sept. 27.

Jones, 31, has been dealing with the hamstring issue since tweaking it during a scrimmage on Aug. 28. He has 15 catches for 213 yards and no touchdowns this season.

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro has 12,338 yards receiving and 57 touchdowns for his career.

Wide receiver Calvin Ridley (thigh/knee) was limited in practice for a third consecutive day on Friday.

Rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins was ruled out due to a concussion for the Falcons (0-4), who host the Panthers (2-2) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET).

–Field Level Media

Aug 26, 2020; Flowery Branch, GA, USA;   Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) catches a ball during an NFL football training camp practice on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Flowery Branch, Ga. Mandatory Credit: Brynn Anderson/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Jones (hamstring) held out of practice again

Atlanta Falcons wideout Julio Jones missed practice for a second consecutive day with his chronic hamstring injury.

Jones missed the second half of the Falcons’ loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday night and sat out Atlanta’s Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears. Jones has 15 catches for 213 yards and no touchdowns this season.

Wide receiver Calvin Ridley (thigh/knee) was limited for a second consecutive day.

Jones, 31, has been dealing with the hamstring issue since tweaking it during a scrimmage on Aug. 28.

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro has 12,338 yards receiving and 57 touchdowns for his career.

Atlanta linebacker Foye Oluokun (oblique) was upgraded to full participation on Thursday.

–Field Level Media

Aug 23, 2020; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a catch during an NFL training camp football practice Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Atlanta.  Mandatory Credit: John Bazemore/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons WRs Jones, Ridley questionable vs. Packers

Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley are listed as questionable to play in Monday’s game against the undefeated Green Bay Packers.

Jones, 31, aggravated his ailing hamstring in Atlanta’s 40-39 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 20. He sat out last Sunday’s 30-26 setback to the Chicago Bears with the injury.

Jones recorded 11 catches for 181 yards through the first two games without a touchdown grab. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro has 12,306 yards receiving and 57 touchdowns for his career.

Ridley, who had five catches for 110 yards versus the Bears, is dealing with an ankle injury.

The 25-year-old Ridley has 21 receptions for 349 yards and four touchdowns in three games this season. He has 148 catches for 2,036 yards and 21 touchdowns in 32 career games with the Falcons.

Wide receiver Russell Gage likely will see an additional workload should Jones and/or Ridley be unable to play on Sunday.

Gage, 24, has 17 receptions for 186 yards and a touchdown this season.

The Falcons (0-3) have ruled out kicker Younghoe Koo (right groin), safety Keanu Neal (hamstring), safety Ricardo Allen (elbow) and defensive end Takk McKinley (groin).

–Field Level Media