Going into the third preseason game, the Atlanta Falcons have experienced delays in their receiving corps due to injuries, with the latest injury occurring to Roddy White, who has played in 128 consecutive games in the NFL regular season.
Early in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens, it seemed that White’s feet got tangled in the corner of the end zone, as he was positioning himself for a pass from his star quarterback Matt Ryan. After coming up empty handed, White seemed to be okay, as he was arguing with the referee about a possible passing interference against the Ravens.
Later, White walked off the field and was sidelined in the end with what was later confirmed as a low ankle sprain. The injury seems to not be serious, which is a huge relief for coach Mike Smith and his staff. After losing their other star receiver in Julio Jones in their first preseason game, the Falcons explosive receiving unit has yet to play a game where all of them have suited up.
As Jones came back and played in his first preseason game against the Ravens, White went down and sat next to their Future Hall of Famer tight end Tony Gonzalez, who didn’t participate because of his limited time with the team during both training camp and practices.
It is questionable at the moment whether or not White has played his last preseason game, but the Falcons will take no chances and will most likely be cautious, as they maintain what is considered the top receiving corps in the NFL today.
If White did play his last preseason game, expect Jones’ numbers to go up dramatically in the preseason games they have left. In time, the NFL will be able to witness the breathtaking flight crew of the Deep South, but until then, the Falcons’ receivers will be expecting a delay in their departure from the Georgia Dome.