Jameis Winston has been ruled out for the remainder of the NFL season with a torn ACL.

The New Orleans Saints starting quarterback suffered the injury during Sunday's shock win over his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Saints coach Sean Payton said after the game the damage done was "significant" and has since confirmed reports over the injury diagnosis, meaning Winston will miss the second half of the 2021 campaign.

Winston sustained his knee injury in the second quarter during a horse-collar tackle by Buccaneers linebacker Devin White and was carted off the field with the score tied at 7-7, later leaving the stadium on crutches.

The Saints still went on to complete a shock 36-27 Week 8 win that thrust them into contention to challenge the Bucs in the NFC South.

Winston had completed six of 10 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown while scrambling for 40 yards before exiting the game.

This season he has thrown for 1,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions, his passer rating of 102.8 being far and away the best of his career to date.

The injury will come as a bitter blow to Winston as he attempts to rebuild his career after being replaced by Tom Brady with the Bucs after the 2019 season and then spending last season as a backup to Drew Brees.

With fellow QB Taysom Hill ruled out of the Bucs game due to a concussion, it was third-string Trevor Siemian who replaced Winston and helped the Saints (5-2) top the Bucs (6-2).

Siemian threw a touchdown and finished 16-of-29 passing for 159 yards.

The Saints, who are well placed to push for a place in the playoffs, have another home divisional match against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 9.

Winston will be forced to watch on and is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the campaign, having only re-signed for the team on a one-year extension in March.

Brady, meanwhile, passed for 375 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions in the Bucs' defeat.

The MVP candidate now has 38 games in his career with four or more TD passes, surpassing Brees for the most in NFL history.

The veteran also became only the fourth player to record at least 2,500 passing yards and 25 TD passes through the first eight games of an NFL season.

Brady joined Peyton Manning (2013), Patrick Mahomes (2018) and Russell Wilson, who achieved the feat for the Seattle Seahawks last year.

The Los Angeles Rams have substantially bolstered their defense by striking a blockbuster trade for Denver Broncos edge rusher Von Miller.

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Miller is saying his goodbyes to the Broncos after Denver agreed to deal him to the Rams for a pair of day-two draft choices.

The Broncos, according to Schefter, are paying $9million of Miller's remaining $9.7m salary as part of the trade.

Miller is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, but the Rams will hope his addition to the defense can propel them to a Super Bowl title that has eluded them since the 1999 season.

He joins a top-heavy defense that has taken a step back in 2021 but boasts fearsome stars in the form of defensive tackle Aaron Donald, regarded by many as the best player in the NFL, and cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

And the Rams can afford to be confident they are getting a player still capable of delivering the pass-rush production that has defined his stellar career.

Since being drafted by the Broncos in 2011 with the second overall pick, Miller has recorded 110.5 sacks, the most in the NFL, winning the Super Bowl 50 MVP award as he played a key role in delivering the Lombardi Trophy to Denver at the end of the 2015 season.

Miller was inactive for the Broncos' Week 8 win over the Washington Football Team but has done an excellent job of creating pressure this campaign.

He has a pressure rate of 24.8 per cent, which was well above the pre-Week 8 average of 17.2 per cent for edge rushers.

Miller is set to make his Rams debut on Sunday in a primetime clash with a Tennessee Titans team that will be without running back Derrick Henry, who may miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.

Adrian Phillips enjoyed the sweet taste of victory on Sunday, as he took the chance to "stick it" to his former team in the New England Patriots' win at the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Patriots moved to 4-4 on the season with a 27-24 triumph at SoFi Stadium, with ex-Chargers safety Phillips making a decisive impact.

Phillips intercepted two Justin Herbert passes, his second pick returned for a touchdown that effectively served as the telling blow by putting the Patriots 27-17 to the good late in the fourth quarter.

"Everybody always wants to kind of stick to their former team, and this is a great organisation that we played against today," said Phillips.

"Just to be able to go out there and play against them and end up having the game that I had, it was sweet. I loved it.

"Great teams win the close games. And we need to keep stringing these along."

Herbert's pick-six came on an apparent mix-up between himself and tight end Jared Cook, with last year's Offensive Rookie of the Year taking the blame after the Chargers dropped their second successive game to fall to 4-3.

"Just a miscommunication [between him and Cook]. I've got to be smarter about that," said Herbert, who will hope to help the Chargers avoid a third straight defeat against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9.

"I've got to move on to the next read. But that's one of those plays you'll have to watch and get better from and as tough as it is, you're gonna have to get better from it.

"That is one of the good things about film tomorrow. It is going to sting for a while, but it is on to the next week and we have got another tough competitor next Sunday, so we are going to watch film and get better from it."

 

Derrick Henry reportedly suffered a potential season-ending foot injury in the Tennessee Titans' win over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Titans improved to 6-2 with their 34-31 overtime victory in Indianapolis on Sunday.

However, it may have come at a massive cost, with ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting Henry could now miss the remainder of the campaign.

Subsequent reports have revealed Henry is believed to have broken a bone in his foot and is set to undergo an MRI scan.

It is tough to oversell Henry's importance to the Titans, who have leaned on the running back as the undisputed focal point of their offense for the last three seasons.

This season, Henry has produced consistency to put him in position to threaten Eric Dickerson's record for rushing yards in a single season.

He leads the NFL with 947 yards, 288 more than his nearest challenger, the Colts' Jonathan Taylor.

Averaging 117.1 yards per game, he is on pace for 1,990, though several more performances of 100 yards or more could put him within striking distance of the 2,105 Dickerson racked up in 1984.

Now that record seems set to stand, with the AFC South-leading Titans likely to put more of the burden on quarterback Ryan Tannehill in Henry's absence.

Henry had continued to deliver despite a workload that would see lesser running backs break down under the strain.

He carried the ball a league-leading 303 times in 2019 and increased that number to 379 last season, winning the rushing title in back-to-back years.

The former Alabama star had already tallied 219 rush attempts this season, with backup Jeremy McNichols used predominantly as a pass-catcher.

Tennessee will not lean on McNichols or Darrynton Evans in the same way, meaning the onus will be on Tannehill to lead the Titans on what they hope will be a deep playoff run.

Carson Wentz conceded he was beating himself up after a pair of interceptions doomed the Indianapolis Colts to an overtime defeat to the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans took command of the AFC South with a thrilling 34-31 victory on the road in overtime, which owed to two huge errors from Colts quarterback Wentz.

With the game tied 24-24 late in the fourth quarter, Wentz tossed a wobbly throw into the air as the pass rush surrounded him inside the Colts' endzone and Titans cornerback Elijah Molden leaped to bring it down and stroll in for a two-yard interception return and hand the Titans the lead.

Wentz responded by leading the Colts down the field, with the aid of a pass interference penalty that put them at the Titans' one-yard line, for the tying score to force overtime.

But the extra period was effectively decided by another Wentz miscue, as he was intercepted by safety Kevin Byard on the Colts' second possession of overtime, putting the Titans in position for Randy Bullock's game-winning field goal.

It means the Colts are 3-4 in second place in the division behind the Titans, who at 6-2 have a three-game lead and a tiebreaker over Indianapolis.

"Beating myself up over those ones at the end of the game there, for sure," said Wentz.

On the comedic pick-six to Molden, Wentz added: "They had it covered up pretty good, obviously.

"Terrible play, terrible play. One-on-one, trying to find a way to just get rid of the ball and next thing you know I'm about to go down.

"So, yeah. One I definitely want back. That one hurts a little bit."

Head coach Frank Reich, however, put the blame for that play on his shoulders.

"That was 100 percent my fault," said Reich. "It was a bad call. It was a screen to Mo [Alie-Cox] and they were sitting right on it.

"We hadn't thrown that. Didn't think they would ever be thinking that at that point in the game. I've been around too long to know that you don't call a screen backed up in that situation.

"I told Carson right after that play, he came over to the sideline, I said, 'That's 100 percent my fault. That's a terrible play call. Now, just go make it right. Go make it right.'"

Wentz was unable to do so and accepted full responsibility for the second and ultimately decisive interception.

"Probably tried to do too much," Wentz explained. "Tried to force that one there to Pitt [Michael Pittman], he had a step on the underneath coverage but Byard came out of the sky and make a heck of a play.

"I'm sure, in hindsight, I had the checkdown – probably wide open. Thought I had Pitt, Byard made a great play. Those two definitely hurt for sure."

The Minnesota Vikings spent the week preparing to face Dak Prescott rather than Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Cooper Rush, with their starter hoping to return in Week 9 after they survived his absence.

Prescott's status for Sunday's game, which the Cowboys went on to win 20-16 on the road, had been uncertain in the days leading up to the contest due to his calf injury.

He was ultimately ruled out after undergoing tests in the pre-game warmup, allowing Rush to make his first career NFL start.

Despite only completing 24 of his 40 pass attempts, Rush still racked up 325 passing yards and two touchdowns to one interception.

He threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Amari Cooper, who starred with eight catches and 122 receiving yards, in the final minute as the Cowboys improved to 6-1 even without star QB Prescott.

Asked about how the Vikings had prepared for the possibility of facing Prescott or Rush this week, safety Xavier Woods acknowledged they expected the more senior player to take the field.

"We weren't [preparing for both]," said Woods, per ESPN. "We were just preparing for 4 [Prescott].

"We kind of thought they were going to still run the same offense. So, we just prepared for 4 all week. 

"We didn't get the word [that Rush was going to start] until pregame, so we just prepared for 4 but we watched a couple clips of Coop. But during the week, we just prepared for 4."

CeeDee Lamb (eight catches for 112 yards) and Cedrick Wilson (three catches for 84 yards and one TD) also proved productive targets for Rush.

The Cowboys hope Prescott can return for the home game with the Denver Broncos, though they are eager to ensure his injury heals fully in a season where a playoff run looks increasingly likely.

Asked if facing Denver was possible, Prescott said: "For sure. I was getting prepared to play this game

"I'm a guy that takes it day-by-day, moment-at-moment, and right now, I'm going to celebrate this win with the guys and worry about rehabbing and getting everything back in order on Monday.

"We made a call at the end of having a chance to come out with a win, without me playing, and be able to get healthy and not have something re-injure and linger past this week."

After a slow start, which included an interception by Woods and Dallas' first pointless first quarter of the season, Rush delivered with a game-winning drive in the closing stages.

"That's Coop," added Prescott. "He's very mild tempered and always that way – never too high or too low. It showed.

"It allowed him to stay in there, stick to it, stick through some bad plays and come out and make some great plays to win the game that we needed in the fourth quarter."

Rush became the first quarterback to throw 300-plus passing yards and win in his first NFL start in a primetime road game since 1984.

Minnesota, meanwhile, fall to 3-4 and have a testing road game with the Baltimore Ravens (5-2) in Week 9.

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh insists "anything is possible" at the quarterback position after a stunning display from backup Mike White.

White stepped in for the injured Zach Wilson – the number two overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft – and led the Jets to an upset 34-31 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

With Wilson out due to a knee problem, White starred on his first career start, throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns, recording the team's first 400+ yard passing day since 2000.

White was a fifth-round pick for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018 and has been cut five times in his career.

He was on the Jets roster bubble during training camp before winning the battle to backup BYU standout Wilson.

And after a surprisingly impressive performance, Saleh was ruling nothing out over White's long-term prospects with the Jets.

"We'll go day-to-day, but anything is possible, right?" Saleh said after White completed 37 of his 45 passes in a display that saw him bounce back from two first-half interceptions.

"Anything is possible. So it goes back to that whole theory of: The difference between player A and player Z is an opportunity and reps. 

"That's what this league is. That's professional sports. That's why they come out of nowhere. Someone gets an opportunity.

"And what Mike does with his opportunity - he's got the world in front of him and he's just got to take advantage of it."

The Jets improved to 2-5 while the Bengals fell to 5-3.

Saleh's team struck a trade to bring veteran Joe Flacco back into the building after Wilson's injury but it will be White who gets another opportunity to shine at the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football.

After Saleh kept the debate open, another good performance from the 26-year-old could provoke an unexpected quarterback controversy.

Asked about the Jets fans chanting his name during the game, White said: "At first, I had to kind of listen again! I was like, 'Are they chanting my name?' That was pretty cool."

Wilson will be watching the Colts game with interest. He produced some mixed performances in his first six NFL games, throwing just four TDs to nine interceptions.

Tom Brady shouldered the blame after throwing a pick-six in Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 36-27 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

The NFL Super Bowl champions incurred the wrath of coach Bruce Arians, who described the display as "embarrassing".

And Brady did not hide from his part in what was the Bucs' first loss in five as he lamented his uncharacteristic lapse.

"I think I just threw it to the wrong guy," Brady said, having thrown an interception before watching on as it was returned for a 40-yard touchdown by P.J. Williams.

"I had Mike [Evans] open. It cost us the game.

"It's tough to win when you turn the ball over like we did. So, I have to not throw interceptions. That's the key."

Coach Arians was angered by the performance at the Superdome against a Saints side who lost Jameis Winston to a serious-looking injury.

"I thought that it was an embarrassing display of football," Arians said.

"Of all the things that we talked about coming down here about what it takes to win, and to play like that, it starts with me.

"Obviously, we weren't ready to play, penalties, turnovers, you're not beating anybody that way.

"Sean [Payton] did a hell of a job bringing in [Trevor] Siemian; and, did a hell of a job winning the game. And, we didn't make the plays."

On Brady, Arians added: "He forced the one at the end. That was not characteristic of him."

Dallas Cowboys backup Cooper Rush led the red-hot NFL franchise to a late 20-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings in his first career start.

Cowboys star Dak Prescott sat out on Sunday due to a calf sprain, paving the way for unheralded quarterback Rush to start under centre for the first time in his career.

Rush did not disappoint under the Minnesota lights, the 27-year-old throwing a five-yard touchdown pass to star team-mate Amari Cooper with less than a minute remaining to seal a sixth consecutive win for the Cowboys (6-1).

Dallas' Rush – who finished 24-of-40 passing for 325 yards, two TDs and an interception – became the first quarterback to throw 300-plus passing yards and win in his first NFL start in a primetime road game since 1984.

The Vikings (3-4) led 10-3 at half-time thanks to Kirk Cousins' 20-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen and Greg Joseph's field goal.

Dallas hit back on the road as Rush and Cedrick Wilson connected on a 73-yard pass early in the third quarter to level the contest, with Joseph and Greg Zuerlein trading field goals.

Joseph's third field goal of the game had the Vikings 16-13 ahead and on track for victory heading into the final minute before Cooper and Rush teamed up.

The Cooper Rush-Amari Cooper touchdown became the first in NFL history where the passer's first name and receiver's last name were an exact match.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton fears quarterback Jameis Winston suffered a "significant" knee injury in the team's shock 36-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

The Saints stunned Tom Brady and the reigning NFL Super Bowl champions in New Orleans, however, the win was overshadowed by Winston's injury.

Facing his former team, Winston was carted off the field in the second quarter after sustaining a knee injury during a horse-collar tackle by Buccaneers linebacker Devin White.

Winston had completed six of 10 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown while scrambling for 40 yards before exiting the game with the score tied 7-7.

Afterwards, Payton told reporters of the two-time Pro Bowler: "I think it's significant.

"He felt something and he's on crutches right now. I don't want to say until I have a chance to talk with the doctors."

Payton added: "I cried when I saw him coming in. It's hard."

Veteran backup Trevor Siemian replaced Winston and helped the Saints (5-2) top the Buccaneers (6-2).

Siemian threw a touchdown, finishing 16-of-29 passing for 159 yards.

P.J. Williams sealed the win after picking off seven-time Super Bowl champion Brady for a late 40-yard interception return.

"First I want to say how gutted I am for Jameis. This win was for him," said Siemian. "I just feel for the guy, I love him so much. Just being around him, you can't help it, he's got this infectious personality.

"And you're just frickin' gutted when you see anybody hurt. But watching him get hurt was tough."

Tampa Bay's White, who played alongside Winston before the QB joined the Saints in April last year, added: "He's a great guy. I'm gonna put an emphasis on that. All last year when they was playing and we was playing, he was texting -- I don't know if he was texting everybody, but me and him was close.

"When I came in, he kinda showed me around -- and just telling me how proud he was of me. Even when we won a Super Bowl, he was one of the first texts, like, 'Congratulations, man. I wish I could be a part of that, but y'all deserve it. You put a lot of work in, and we always talked about how special you all could be.'

"He's a great guy. You hate to see that happen. I hope it's not serious, man. I'm just praying for him. But it's a long season. [I] hope he can come back and fight with his team."

Hall of Famer and Denver Broncos great Peyton Manning said he is not involved with any potential new ownership groups and the Super Bowl-winning quarterback is unsure if he would like to be.

Manning joined the Broncos from the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 and led the NFL franchise to Super Bowl 50 glory before retiring at the end of the 2015 season.

The Broncos could reportedly be sold next year if the children of late Pat Bowlen, who died in 2019, cannot agree who should be the majority owner.

Manning, however, is currently not interested in returning to the Broncos in an ownership capacity.

"I haven't had any serious conversations with anyone,'' two-time Super Bowl champion Manning said on Sunday. "Certainly, there's some people who have called me and said 'Hey, what do you think is going to happen with the Broncos? Are you going to try to own the team? I keep looking for that $3billion in my pocket, I can't find it, I think it's in a hidden account somewhere. That's not really on my radar.

"People are obviously interested, they're curious,'' Manning added. "I care because I live here and I go to the games, and I want to know what's going to happen like everyone else. But I have no relationship or agreement with anybody."

Manning – who was honoured before Sunday's 17-10 win over the Washington Football Team – added: "Even if I'm offered an opportunity, I haven't decided if I would even do it. I actually like what I'm doing now. I get to stay close to the game ... I get to coach [son] Marshall's flag football team, I went to a doubleheader softball game to see [daughter] Mosley play.

"I'm just taking everything on a one-year-at-a-time basis, next year who knows how I'll feel ... But I'll always be a part of the Broncos, I'll say that."

Tom Brady threw a costly pick-six to ice a 36-27 win for the New Orleans Saints over NFL Super Bowl champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

All eyes were on Saints quarterback Jameis Winston in his reunion with the Buccaneers, having moved to New Orleans in April last year following five mixed seasons with Tampa Bay.

But Winston was carted off the field in the second quarter against his former team, suffering a knee injury during a horse-collar tackle by Buccaneers linebacker Devin White.

Winston had completed six of 10 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown while scrambling for 40 yards before exiting the game with the score tied 7-7.

Led by veteran backup Trevor Siemian, the Saints (5-2) still held on to sink Brady's Buccaneers (6-2) on home turf, despite the latter becoming the all-time leader for most three-plus passing TD games in NFL history (98).

Four touchdown passes from seven-time Super Bowl champion Brady helped the Buccaneers overturn a 23-7 deficit – Tampa Bay moving ahead 27-26 following a 50-yard throw to Cyril Grayson just over five minutes from the end.

But Brian Johnson's field goal with less than two minutes remaining restored New Orleans' lead, albeit by two points, before P.J. Williams picked off Brady – his second interception of the contest – for a 40-yard interception return to seal the win.

 

Broncos block two field goals

The Denver Broncos and their defence held firm to see off the lowly Washington Football Team 17-10.

Denver blocked two field goals en route to their fourth win of the season, snapping a four-game skid.

Dre'Mont Jones (in the fourth quarter) and Shelby Harris (in the second period) each blocked field-goal attempts from Chris Blewitt as the Broncos avoided going winless in October for the first time since 1967.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has been ruled out of Sunday's showdown with the Minnesota Vikings.

The Cowboys listed star Prescott as inactive prior to kick-off due to a calf strain, with Cooper Rush to make his first NFL career start.

Prescott had been determined to face the Vikings but the two-time Pro Bowler was always facing an uphill battle to be fit after suffering the injury in the overtime win against the New England Patriots on October 17.

The 28-year-old has thrown at least three touchdown passes in each of his last four games. According to Stats Perform, it is the longest such streak in Cowboys history – Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes is the only other NFL player with a streak of four consecutive games throwing at least three TD passes this season.

Dallas' Prescott boasts a 73.1 completion percentage, which is only second to Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (73.5), while his passer rating (115.0) is fourth in the league.

Overall, Prescott has completed 158 passes for 1,813 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions for the 5-1 Cowboys in 2021.

The Pittsburgh Steelers overcame the loss of kicker Chris Boswell for the whole second half as they beat the Cleveland Browns 15-10 on Sunday.

D'Ernest Johnson rushed 10 yards for the game's first touchdown in the third quarter to put Cleveland seemingly in control at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Steelers' chances were already damaged by the loss of Boswell to a concussion following a huge hit from Browns tackle Jordan Elliot, but Najee Harris' touchdown closed the gap to a point.

Ben Roethlisberger threw two yards on fourth down for Pat Freiermuth to earn the decisive score with a little over 11 minutes on the clock.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett came in costume as the Grim Reaper to mark October 31, his cape inscribed with the names of his sacked quarterbacks, but it was the Steelers' trick play that proved far from a treat in the first half: Boswell took a direct snap from 28 yards and, after rolling right and throwing for the end zone, he took a powerful hit from Elliot.

After rookie Harris had dragged Pittsburgh back into contention following Johnson's score, Roethlisberger, who is now 24-3-1 in career starts against the Browns, made his mark.

The 38-year-old, who finished 22 of 34 for 266 yards, almost saw his two-yard pass fumbled by Freiermuth but the tight end recovered to land both feet in the end zone.

By contrast, Jarvis Landry's handling let him down as he was stripped by Joe Schobert with a little over six minutes left.

The 4-4 Browns will hope for better next time out against the 5-3 Bengals, who were stunned by a New York Jets 34-31 comeback win in which Mike White threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns on his first NFL start.

Rams rout Texans, Lions looking toothless

The Philadelphia Eagles ran in four touchdowns as they snapped a two-game losing streak to crush the Detroit Lions.

As coach of the NFL's only winless team after eight straight defeats, Dan Campbell will head into a bye week to try to arrest a terrible run of results that culminated in Sunday's 44-6 loss, in which the Lions only got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.

The Houston Texans (1-7) are faring little better, their 38-22 loss to the Los Angeles Rams (7-1) looking only a little more respectable after they ran in 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, Davis Mills throwing for 310 yards and two touchdowns.

49ers down Bears through sensational Samuel

The San Francisco 49ers improved to 3-4 after a 33-22 defeat of the Chicago Bears in which Deebo Samuel set pulses racing with a spectacular 83-yard catch-and-run.

After being denied an apparent touchdown for being ruled out of bounds, Samuel's run still allowed Jimmy Garoppolo to score from two yards out just a handful of plays later to cut the Bears' advantage.

Not only did Samuel produce the Niners' longest play of the season, he passed Jerry Rice for the most receiving yards for the franchise across the first seven games of an NFL season.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is taking a break from his NFL career to give attention to his "mental wellbeing", the 26-year-old announced on Sunday.

Ridley missed the 19-13 defeat to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, with his team declaring Ridley inactive earlier in the day.

In a message posted on Twitter, Ridley said: "These past few weeks have been very challenging and as much as I'd like to be on the field competing with my teammates, I need to step away from football at this time and focus on my mental wellbeing.

"This will help me be the best version of myself now and in the future. I want to thank my teammates, the entire Atlanta Falcons organisation, our great fans, my friends, and my family for all of their support during this time."

Ridley missed the recent trip to London to face the New York Jets at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with a personal matter also being cited by the team on that occasion.

The circumstances behind his off-field struggles have not been disclosed.

Falcons head coach Arthur Smith was asked after the Panthers game about Ridley's situation and said: "I'll let Calvin speak for himself. It's a personal issue.

"Calvin's dealing with something personal and it's going to remain personal my end."

Ridley was the 26th pick in the 2018 draft and has had 31 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns so far in the 2021 season, playing five games to date.

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