Falcons' Calvin Ridley Ruled Out for Season with Abdominal Injury

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2019

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 08: Calvin Ridley #18 of the Atlanta Falcons makes the reception for a touchdown in the first half on an NFL game against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 8, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley announced he will miss the remainder of the 2019 season after suffering an abdominal injury in Sunday's win over the Carolina Panthers.

"Thank you for all of your prayers and well wishes. I am doing well, unfortunately I'm out for the rest of the season, but I'll be back Next year st8 pressure," Ridley posted on Instagram

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#Falcons WR Calvin Ridley is out for the season after suffering an abdominal injury yesterday. https://t.co/OHn7D1LNwZ

Ridley collapsed and was taken off the field in the third quarter after accounting for five receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Ridley had been playing his best football of the season over his last four games. He had at least five receptions for 75 yards in each of those contests and scored three times, numbers that put him well on pace to top the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career.

The Alabama product seemed to find his comfort in the offense after Atlanta dealt Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots prior to the October trade deadline. 

With the Falcons well out of playoff contention, this should not have any short- or long-term affect on the team. The severity of Ridley's injury is yet to be reported, but his Instagram post painted an optimistic outlook.

Fantasy owners may be the ones hardest hit by Ridley's absence, as he'd become a reliable WR2 and an elite flex option for the playoffs. Look for Atlanta to go back to the Julio Jones well often over the final couple of weeks.