In his ninth season with the Atlanta Falcons, Roddy White has played in every single game until last week, where he missed his first game in his career against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and snapped his streak of playing in 133 games consecutively. If missing one game was a shocker, White will be in unfamiliar waters again, as he will be sidelined for the second-straight time and be a spectator from the bench.
As White suffered a high-ankle sprain earlier in the year, along with a hamstring injury against the New York Jets in Week 5, coach Mike Smith stated that his star receiver will miss another game due to nagging injuries to his hamstring and now his knee.
In six games, White has caught just 14 passes for 129 yards due to injuries, which are all career-lows. White has not only been one of the top receivers for the Falcons, but he is considered to be one of the best in the NFL and revered by many for his consistency at his position.
With White sitting out another game for the second-straight week, Matt Ryan will once again be without his top-two receivers, as Julio Jones underwent season-ending foot injury earlier this week.
In his place, Harry Douglas, who shined as the top receiver for Ryan in Week 7, will once again be the top playmaker at the wide receiver position with both White and Jones out of the picture.
Douglas will most likely be matched up against one of the best corners in the league in Patrick Peterson, and will have his hands full on the field.
White’s injury has been fatal to the Falcons, and his health will be the key if the Falcons want to turn around their season and start a small winning streak to get back to being a .500 team once again.