WR Ridley returns to COVID-19 reserve list with Falcons, McGary

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Atlanta Falcons correctly placed Kaleb McGary on the COVID-19 reserve roster on Monday, while top receiver Calvin Ridley is back in training after skipping the team’s final game for personal reasons.

Selected in the first round in 2019, McGary started 34 of 35 games over his three-year NFL career.

Saying goodbye a week after playing a game in London, the Falcons (2-3) probably won’t be available when they head to Miami to face the Dolphins (1-5) on Sunday.

Atlanta activated the injured reserve attacker Josh Andrews. He rejoined the squad after going to training camp with a hand injury.

The Falcons also signed infielder Daren Bates to the training roster and released defender Chris Slayton. Bates can be used to support special teams if added to the active roster.

Ridley, who took over as the team’s #1 receiver after Julio Jones was traded to Tennessee, did not accompany the Falcons on their London trip, as they beat the New York Jets on October 10.

The Falcons did not disclose the reasons for his absence. Coach Arthur Smith simply says that Ridley is back on the team and hands quarterback Matt Ryan a familiar gun.

Despite missing a game, Ridley has team-leading 27 receptions and a touchdown for 255 yards.

If McGary isn’t cleared before Sunday, the Falcons could move left guard Jalen Mayfield to the right and put Andrews on the inside roster.

Andrews played in 15 games for the Jets last season, starting three right-back and one left-back. He appeared in 40 games over five NFL seasons with the 6-foot-2, 298-pound Eagles, Colts, and Jets.

If the Falcons decided to keep the thriving Mayfield on the left guard, Jason Spriggs would likely have stepped up to start on the right.


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