Ridley (abdomen) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports. Ridley was knocked out of the Falcons' Week 14 win over the Panthers due to a lower abdominal injury, which is accompanied by a 3-to-4-week recovery timetable. With just three games left on the schedule, the team's hand has been forced, ending his second campaign. Despite playing three fewer games than his rookie season, Ridley posted a career-best 866 yards to go with seven touchdowns on 63 catches and 93 targets.
Coach Dan Quinn confirmed Monday that Ridley would be shut down for the season with a lower abdominal injury, but the receiver is only expected to need around 3-to-4 weeks of recovery time, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports. Ridley likely would have attempted to return in 2019 if the Falcons were still in the mix for a playoff spot, but with a 4-9 record heading into Week 15, Atlanta won't take any chances with him. Quinn suggested that Christian Blake and Olamide Zaccheaus would be the primary beneficiaries of added snaps while Ridley is out, according to Butt. Based on Ridley's recovery timeline, he should enjoy a normal offseason and be back to full strength when the Falcons reconvene for OTAs.
Ridley (abdomen) indicated Monday that he's out for the season, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. With Ridley out of the mix, Julio Jones and Russell Gage will head the Falcons' receiving corps down the stretch, with Olamide Zaccheaus, Christian Blake and Justin Hardy all candidates to see added looks in the team's passing attack.
Ridley (abdomen) won't return to Sunday's contest against the Panthers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Initially questionable to reenter the game due to discomfort in his abdomen, Ridley will finish the day with five receptions (on five targets) for 76 yards and one touchdown. Behind Julio Jones and Russell Gage, it's anyone's guess who will step up between Christian Blake, Justin Hardy and Olamide Zaccheaus.
Ridley experienced abdominal pain during Sunday's game against the Panthers, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports. Prior to his departure in the third quarter, Ridley had a team-leading five catches for 76 yards and one touchdown. If he's unable to return, his absence will open up reps for the likes of Russell Gage, Christian Blake, Justin Hardy and Olamide Zaccheaus behind top wide receiver Julio Jones.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/06||@Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|11||11/22||@New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|12||11/29||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|13||12/06||New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|14||12/13||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|15||12/20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|16||12/27||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|17||01/03||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||93||64||844||8||43||13.19||135|