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