Wide receiver Calvin Ridley is expected to have a huge role for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2023, so everyone held their collective breath when he was pulled to the sidelines on Day 8 of training camp with what seemed to be a foot injury. The good news is that Ridley ultimately experienced soreness because of the cleats he was wearing and was a full-go Thursday.
Ridley met with the local media after practice and gave everyone an update, saying that he felt more comfortable once he changed cleats and it was no big deal.
"I was training this whole offseason in this type of cleats but I like the lows," Ridley said. "so when I came back from training camp, I came here and put on my lows and they just got long spikes. The way I cut and stuff, so it really wasn't my thumb. It was just the bottom of my foot, it was sore because I keep stepping on the side of that shoe. And I was sore, I was getting really sore because I didn't want to take the cleats off."
"I changed cleats and I'm better, I'm good. It was nothing," Ridley concluded.
Earlier this year, there were questions about Ridley's readiness for the regular season and whether the Jaguars would have to bring him along slowly after last playing football in 2021. However, he has had no issues throughout training camp besides experiencing soreness on Day 7. Here's a picture of him wearing his new cleats, via Michael DiRocco of ESPN.
As Ridley himself noted, it was a non-news but because the Jaguars expect big things from him in 2023, everyone stopped what they were doing to make sure he was fine.