The Falcons have hired Arthur Smith as HC. Smith spent the past 2 seasons as OC in Tennessee, leading the Titans to top 12 finishes in points and yards both years. He leaned heavily on RB Derrick Henry but also helped QB Ryan Tannehill to his 2 best seasons as a pro. Tannehill notably ranked 9th and 1st, respectively, in percentage of passes to come off play-action the past 2 years. Consider the hire good news for QB Matt Ryan and the Falcons passing game.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley got his left ankle twisted on a 3rd-quarter catch against the Raiders on Sunday. We'll pass along an update on his status when we get one.
Update: Ridley was able to return after missing just 1 play.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) was limited in practice all week but isn’t listed on the final injury report. So he’ll be back for Sunday’s game against the Saints — and should be locked back into fantasy lineups. Ridley’s return is also good news for QB Matt Ryan.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) remained limited on Thursday. "There's a chance" he's back for this weekend's game against the Saints, according to the team's official website. We'll get another update on Ridley tomorrow.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. According to the team's official website, Ridley only did some "light running." He remains iffy for this weekend's game vs. the Saints. We'll get another update tomorrow.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) ran off to the side of Monday's practice but remains uncertain for this weekend's game vs. the Saints. “We should have a better feel for him on Wednesday, getting him in here, getting him into individual drills, getting him into a little bit of team work and see how he goes, talking him through it and just seeing where he’s at little by little, step by step in order to get him to Sunday and see if we can get him going,” interim HC Raheem Morris said. We'll track Ridley's progress over the next few days.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) is inactive for today’s game against the Broncos. We’re expecting WR Christian Blake to replace him in the starting lineup, but Blake would be a desperation fantasy play. WR Julio Jones and TE Hayden Hurst should get target boosts with Ridley out.
The team "thinks it is going to be tough" for WR Calvin Ridley to play against the Broncos on Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Atlanta will still test him pregame to see if he can go, but you should plan to be without Ridley in your fantasy football lineup.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Broncos. He didn’t practice all week, so we’re not expecting him to play. But we’ll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. Ridley’s absence would boost the target projections for WR Julio Jones and TE Hayden Hurst.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) missed practice again on Thursday. At this point, fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him playing against the Broncos this weekend. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) did not practice on Wednesday. His injury isn't believed to be serious, but consider him no better than 50/50 for this weekend's game vs. the Broncos. We'll update Ridley's status again tomorrow.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (ankle/foot) is considered "day to day" after his MRI on Friday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Ridley's "got a chance" to play against the Broncos next weekend, Rapoport adds. We'll keep an eye on his progress when Atlanta gets back to work.
Falcons interim HC Raheem Morris indicated after Thursday night's win that WR Calvin Ridley's ankle injury isn't major. X-rays on the ankle came back clean, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, but Ridley is scheduled for additional testing today. We'll update his status when we know more.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley injured his left ankle in the 1st half of Thursday night's game against the Panthers. He was ruled out at halftime. We'll look for an update on the situation. Ridley at least has 10 days to heal up for Week 9's game vs. the Broncos. Note, though, that Atlanta has a Week 10 bye.
The forecast for tonight's Falcons-Panthers game calls for a 40% chance of rain with winds of 10-20 mph and gusts up to 25 mph. That's not quite enough wind for us to adjust our projections for this game. But you might use the weather as a tie-breaker if deciding between 2 similarly ranked players.
The Falcons have been cleared to re-open their facility after no positive COVID results from Thursday's round of testing, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. The Atlanta-Minnesota game remains on for Sunday as of now. We'll let you know if that changes.
The Falcons are shutting down their facility after getting back 4 positive COVID tests on Thursday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Atlanta's game against the Vikings this weekend is now in question. Stay tuned.
Update: A source tells Schefter that the Falcons had just 1 positive test, and it wasn't a player. That has us a bit more optimistic that this game will happen this week.
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