Calvin Ridley Oct 24, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) gets a tap on the helmet from quarterback Matt Ryan (2) after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded a 2023 fifth-round pick and conditional fourth-rounder in 2024 to the Atlanta Falcons for the rights to Calvin Ridley, despite the fact that he’s currently indefinitely suspended by the NFL over gambling violations.

However, it sounds like the franchise expects Ridley to be able to return to the field sooner than later.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson and general manager Trent Baalke both said they’re not sure when they’ll hear back from the league regarding the wide receiver’s future.

“We really don’t [know], no. We really don’t,” Pederson said, via Demetrius Harvey of the Florida Times-Union. “It’s in the league’s hands, but we’re just waiting for that day.”

The 28-year-old receiver was suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games in 2021. He applied for reinstatement on Feb. 15 but so far he hasn’t received any word on when he might hear anything or if there’s anything else he needs to do to be reinstated.

“That’s in the league’s hands now,” Baalke said Tuesday. “We’re just waiting for the league to issue a statement or make a decision. So there’s nothing imminent that I know of. I have not spoken to the league office in regard to it. So, that’s where it’s at, at this point.”

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to