In what seemed like a minor injury at the time, Roddy White‘s injury in the second preseason game for the Atlanta Falcons is more serious than anticipated.
In a losing effort, “Superman” White sucked it up and suited up for the Falcons in a showdown with their division rivals the New Orleans Saints. Although it was reported that White said on several occasions that he wouldn’t be 100% healthy, nobody would have though that the 9-year veteran would be limited to just two receptions for 19 yards.
When White first suffered an injury against the Baltimore Ravens, it was reported that it was nothing serious. While White was quoted on saying that he suffered a high-ankle sprain, the Falcons denied it was a high-ankle sprain and said it was nothing of concern. As we now know after watching White perform well below his standards, his lingering injury will take time to heal.
During the game, White’s role in the offense was that of a decoy, in hopes that he would take coverage away from other targets that Matt Ryan would throw to. At the end of the game, White was involved in just 37 offensive snaps, as it was clear that the injury was indeed bothering White and did not allow him to play at a high-level.
“They wanted me in certain areas to do certain things so that they couldn’t just bracket guys,” White tells D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an article trapped behind a pay wall. “That’s what we did.”
For three weeks and counting, White hasn’t made a cut since the injury occurred earlier in the preseason.
“It’s hard to cut,” White said. “It’s hard to do just about everything at the position.”
With White limited offensively, the Falcons have more than enough firepower to do just fine without him being 100%. With that being said however, make no mistake about it, when White is healthy the Falcons are much better with one of their best players on the field.
White has admitted that his ankle will take some time before he becomes the player that we are all accustomed to seeing, but in the meantime, “Iron Man” White will tough it out and do whatever it takes to help out his team get their first win in 2013.
Time will tell when the receiver will be 100%, but until than, the Falcons will keep a close eye on White and monitor his health along the way.