Ridley was waived by the Falcons on Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. A member of the Falcons for the duration of Tevin Coleman's (hamstring) recovery, Ridley will enter the free-agent market with three carries for seven yards to his name this season. Another gig may be difficult to come by, but injuries could always force an organization to tap the 27-year-old running back on the shoulder.
Ridley signed with the Falcons on Tuesday, NFL Network's James Palmer reports. With Tevin Coleman (hamstring) looking shaky for Sunday against Green Bay, the Falcons opted to sign a veteran free agent, in addition to promoting Terron Ward from the practice squad. While Ridley's name may be more familiar to NFL fans, Ward is probably the better bet to serve as Devonta Freeman's top backup in the event of a Coleman absence. Ward has been with the organization in some capacity for much of the past two years, while Ridley would need to learn a new playbook within the next week. The 27-year-old plodder hasn't done much of note since leaving the Patriots after the 2014 season, bouncing around the league without much luck.
The Colts opted to release Ridley on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports. The Colts have struggled in their search for running back depth behind veteran Frank Gore, and signed Ridley last week as a result. The 27-year-old failed to make much of an impression however, as he rushed for just 11 yards on nine carries in Thursday's preseason finale. Robert Turbin and Josh Ferguson figure to assume backup roles in the backfield heading into Week 1.
Ridley had nine carries for just 11 yards in Thursday's preseason game. Ridley has been with the Colts just four days after signing with the team, but he didn't look like the answer to Indy's question about who will back up Frank Gore. It's not clear who will make the final 53-man roster among Ridley, Josh Ferguson and Jordan Todman.
Ridley signed a contract with the Colts on Sunday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports. Ridley is now one of six running backs on the colts roster, though that number could drop after the team's roster is cut to 75 players on Tuesday. Along with Frank Gore, Ridley gives the Colts two veteran running backs that can pound the ball. Gore had the fifth most carries last season, and Ridley could lessen his load throughout 2016.
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