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Falcons hope Roddy White will be back for Week One

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Falcons receiver Roddy White has had plenty of injuries since he entered the NFL as one of the few non-busts in round one of the 2005 draft.  And White has never missed a regular-season game.

The Falcons don’t expect that streak of 128 straight appearances to end in Week One of the 2013 season, when they face the Saints in New Orleans.

Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, G.M. Thomas Dimitroff said Wednesday that the team hopes White will be available for the September 8 game.  Coach Mike Smith has been more direct; per Ledbetter, Smith said White will be available for Week One.

Smith also disputed a report that White’s sprained ankle is of the “high” variety, which typically is more serious than a normal ankle sprain.

If White can’t play, veteran Harry Douglas and up-and-comer Drew Davis, undrafted out of Oregon in 2012, will get more opportunities.  But it would be a major surprise, based on White’s history, if he doesn’t play.

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27 Responses to “Falcons hope Roddy White will be back for Week One”
  1. everton422 says: Aug 29, 2013 8:43 AM

    Roddy HATES New Orleans (and rightfully so), there is NO way he misses that game.

  2. caspius1 says: Aug 29, 2013 9:00 AM

    I love the Ray Lewis beat down picture.

  3. whodatsaybaby says: Aug 29, 2013 9:10 AM

    Trust me, we hate Roddy White just as much, (and rightfully so).. I hope he doesn’t miss the game so he could feel what it’s like to lose yet again to the better team. (And rightfully so)..

  4. breakingb says: Aug 29, 2013 9:22 AM

    Shotty White needs to play in this game, Vaccaro needs to smack White silly.

    Too bad White didn’t get a vocal cord strain instead.

  5. Kendall Jackson says: Aug 29, 2013 9:26 AM

    That’s not Ray Lewis.

  6. oakfolk says: Aug 29, 2013 9:38 AM

    Str8 out of J.I.!!

  7. schmitty2 says: Aug 29, 2013 9:53 AM

    Got to love the Saints fans on here who puff their chests out talking trash just because they got their coach back. Maybe they should worry about their team just trying to make the playoffs and not giving up 7,000 yards on defense again.

  8. sb44champs says: Aug 29, 2013 9:55 AM

    Roddy ‘Big Mouth’ White

  9. everton422 says: Aug 29, 2013 10:09 AM

    Good thing about facing the Saints week one is they can start game planning for the week 2′s defense a week early. Not a thing to worry about with history’s worse defense (which looks even worse now).

  10. reporterofthetruth says: Aug 29, 2013 10:16 AM

    “Anyone don’t like me can go home and kill themselves”

    Roddy White

  11. steelerben says: Aug 29, 2013 10:35 AM

    There were more than a “few” non-busts in round one of 2005. There were several probowlers in addition to a few players that are still in the league, although maybe disappointing.

  12. sb44champs says: Aug 29, 2013 11:01 AM

    schmitty2 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 9:53 AM
    Got to love the Saints fans on here who puff their chests out talking trash just because they got their coach back. Maybe they should worry about their team just trying to make the playoffs and not giving up 7,000 yards on defense again.
    ============================
    Saints = 1 ring
    Failcans = Goose egg

  13. schmitty2 says: Aug 29, 2013 11:17 AM

    sb44champs says:Aug 29, 2013 11:01 AM

    schmitty2 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 9:53 AM
    Got to love the Saints fans on here who puff their chests out talking trash just because they got their coach back. Maybe they should worry about their team just trying to make the playoffs and not giving up 7,000 yards on defense again.
    ============================
    Saints = 1 ring
    Failcans = Goose egg

    Way to live 4 years in the past moron.

  14. 504in860 says: Aug 29, 2013 11:32 AM

    Wonder if he’ll keep his mouth closed this year? Doubt it. And of course Saints fans are talking trash…they OWN the Falcons. Was is it…13 out of the last 16? Heck, even Joe Vitt was able to beat them last season.

  15. sb44champs says: Aug 29, 2013 11:45 AM

    schmitty2 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 11:17 AM
    sb44champs says:Aug 29, 2013 11:01 AM
    Saints = 1 ring
    Failcans = Goose egg

    Way to live 4 years in the past moron.
    ==========================
    I know, cause 4 years is just sooo long ago, lol
    Jealousy is not a good trait man…

  16. schmitty2 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:45 PM

    sb44champs says:Aug 29, 2013 11:45 AM

    schmitty2 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 11:17 AM
    sb44champs says:Aug 29, 2013 11:01 AM
    Saints = 1 ring
    Failcans = Goose egg

    Way to live 4 years in the past moron.
    ==========================
    I know, cause 4 years is just sooo long ago, lol
    Jealousy is not a good trait man

    Why would I be jealous? I bet you were one of those fans who used to wear a bag over his head at the dome

  17. bobulated says: Aug 29, 2013 12:58 PM

    Other numbers of interest in the Falcons-Saints rivalry;

    All-time series ATL 47-41
    Regular season series ATL 46-41
    Postseason results ATL: 1-0
    December 28, 1991, Wild Card, Atlanta 27-20
    Largest victory ATL: 62-7 (9/16/1973)
    Longest win streak ATL: 10 (September 15, 1995 – December 5, 1999)

    Hmmmm…

  18. baltimoresnativeson says: Aug 29, 2013 1:06 PM

    QB’s who have a shot to win it all.

    Luck
    Kaepernick
    Wilson

    QB’s with immense talent who will always fall 1 or 2 plays short.

    Schaub
    Ryan
    Griffin

    Just look at the eyes when they are under pressure. The eyes don’t lie.

  19. ggametoo says: Aug 29, 2013 2:11 PM

    4 Years in the Past? The goose egg is now FalCaints.

  20. sb44champs says: Aug 29, 2013 2:20 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 12:45 PM
    sb44champs says:Aug 29, 2013 11:45 AM

    schmitty2 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 11:17 AM
    sb44champs says:Aug 29, 2013 11:01 AM
    Saints = 1 ring
    Failcans = Goose egg

    Way to live 4 years in the past moron.
    ==========================
    I know, cause 4 years is just sooo long ago, lol
    Jealousy is not a good trait man

    Why would I be jealous?
    =============================
    Don’t know, you tell me… Maybe because the Saints have won 11 out of last 14 against Failcons

  21. sb44champs says: Aug 29, 2013 2:22 PM

    11 out of last 14…. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

  22. sb44champs says: Aug 29, 2013 2:24 PM

    4 out of last 5… HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

  23. schmitty2 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:02 PM

    sb44champs says:Aug 29, 2013 2:24 PM

    4 out of last 5… HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

    Wow..such a compelling argument. Who was home for the playoffs last year?

  24. whodatsaybaby says: Aug 29, 2013 3:49 PM

    Oh congrats. Matty Ice won a play off game. But the year before he scored how many against Green Bay at home??? Oh that’s right… And I wouldn’t harp on ATL being 13-3 last year when you had the easiest schedule in the NFL. Never played a team over .500 until week 9 or something. If I had to make a prediction with the 2013 season, it would be Mike Smith getting fired for a letdown season dealing with a busted up O-Line, a tight end loosing speed by the day, a QB who buckels under pressure, and a RB on the tail end of his career.

  25. seenoland54 says: Aug 29, 2013 5:55 PM

    Saints win 11 of last 14? have to check that but wait, who cares, even then you sit at home an watch the playoffs while the Falcons take the Division and play. Let’s see, the Saints won about half the games the Falcons did last year, I believe you need to worry more about getting to the playoffs than bashing the Falcons.

  26. 504in860 says: Aug 29, 2013 6:39 PM

    Yes, seenoland54…because winning the division has worked out so beautifully for the Falcons.

  27. vegasvinnie says: Aug 30, 2013 10:14 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 9:53 AM
    Got to love the Saints fans on here who puff their chests out talking trash just because they got their coach back. Maybe they should worry about their team just trying to make the playoffs and not giving up 7,000 yards on defense again.
    ===================================

    Your team is 2 – 10 against that coach. I can understand your fear. Funny thing is, even with that horrid defense and our coach missing, the best you could do was split the 2 games. Maybe you should worry bout not choking away big leads in home playoff games.

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