Falcons' Calvin Ridley will miss Sunday's game vs. Jets due to 'personal matter'

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) misses a catch against Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson (26) during the first half of a December 2019 game in Atlanta.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) misses a catch against Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson (26) during the first half of a December 2019 game in Atlanta. (美联社照片/ John Bazemore)

Ridley will miss the game due to apersonal matter.The statement said the organization isin support of Calvin during this time and will respect his privacy on the matter.

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New Orleans Saints free safety Marcus Williams (43) hits Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) during a December 2020 game in Atlanta.

New Orleans Saints free safety Marcus Williams (43) hits Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) during a December 2020 game in Atlanta. (美联社照片/布林·安德森)

Ridley and fellow wideout Russell Gage, who is dealing with an ankle injury, will leave quarterback Matt Ryan without his top two targets. The former NFL MVP will rely heavily on rookie tight end Kyle Pitt and veteran Hayden Hurts. Do-it-all weapon Cordarrelle Patterson has turned into a key part of the offense as well through the team’s first four games.

Calvin Ridley of the Atlanta Falcons catches a 7-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan during a December 2018 游戏.

Calvin Ridley of the Atlanta Falcons catches a 7-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan during a December 2018 游戏. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

帕特森, who is third on the team with 22 targets, is second on the Falcons in receptions (18) and receiving yards (235). Last week against the Washington Football Team, Patterson totaled three TDs in a losing effort.

Olamide Zaccheaus and Tajae Sharpe are expected to carry the load at wide receiver.

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