NFL reinstates Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley after year-long suspension for gambling on NFL games

    Calvin Ridley runs after a catch in an October 2021 game against Washington in Atlanta.

    (CNN)Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been reinstated after he was suspended indefinitely after gambling on NFL games during the 2021 season as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, the league said Monday.

    "Ridley, who had been suspended indefinitely since March 2022 for violating the NFL's gambling policy, is eligible to participate in all team activities, effective immediately," officials said.
    Ridley, 28, said the suspension was self-inflicted and "an isolated lapse in judgment."
      "I have always owned my mistakes and this is no different," Ridley said in a statement. "I have great respect for the game and am excited for the opportunity to restart my career in Jacksonville. I look forward to showing my new coaches, teammates, and the entire Jaguars organization exactly who I am and what I represent as a player and person."
        Ridley's last NFL game was October 24, 2021, after which he stepped away from football to focus on his mental health.
        The Jaguars, who are scheduled to hold their first workouts of the offseason next month, welcomed the NFL's decision.
        "We look forward to building a relationship with Calvin as both an individual and as a player. Calvin is a proven playmaker and we are excited to see him compete among and with his new teammates, first during our Offseason Program in April and ultimately into the 2023 season, as we collectively pursue a championship for Jacksonville."
          Jacksonville was 9-8 last season and made the playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the AFC.