According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Ridley recently underwent foot surgery that was described as “minor”. Per the report, it was a simple cleanup job that shouldn’t keep him out for long.
But for now, Ridley is most likely going to miss all remaining minicamps. He is expected to have a clean bill of health when training camp opens later this summer.
Nevertheless, the Falcons are going to miss Ridley for the period that he’s gone. Especially now that Julio Jones has been traded.
#Falcons WR Calvin Ridley recently underwent minor foot surgery from Dr Robert Anderson in Green Bay, source said. A little cleanup. No participation in minicamp, but should be fine for training camp.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 9, 2021
Calvin Ridley is now the Atlanta Falcons’ No. 1 receiver. Deservedly so after the year he just had.
In 2020, Ridley had 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns. His emergence as a true No. 1 receiver may have contributed to the team’s willingness to part with Julio Jones in that trade with the Tennessee Titans.
But the Falcons are also installing a new offensive system under first-year head coach Arthur Smith. Ideally the team would like to get as much time working in that system before the regular season to avoid some growing pains.
After finishing with the NFC’s worst record in 2020, the Falcons have to hope that they can be at least a little better this year.
The sooner Calvin Ridley can return to continuing his ascent in the NFL receiver hierarchy, the better.