FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White, who was away from the team briefly following the tragic death of his younger brother, returned to the practice field on Tuesday for organized team activities.
Head coach Mike Smith said last week he expected White to rejoin his teammates for the voluntary OTAs. White's brother, Tyrone Moore Jr., 21, was fatally shot on May 17 outside of a South Carolina nightclub. Darnell Lafayette, 23, was charged with murdering Moore.
Smith said the team would give White as much time as he needed to grieve, with OTAs being voluntary.
White took to Twitter on May 25 to thank fans for their support.
I want to thank all my followers for the prayers for me and my family through this difficult time thanks so much #FamilyFirst
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) May 25, 2014
Getting White back moves the Falcons one step closer to having their top two receivers back together. Julio Jones, who is coming off foot surgery, is back on the field doing light drills and running routes but it's not yet ready to practice.
In an interview with SI.com, Jones said he expects to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. The coaches have been targeting training camp for Jones' return.