Friday, September 27, 2013
Falcons' White says he'll push through pain
By Vaughn McClure
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- If he had to do it all over again, Roddy White would have proceeded with more caution.
Instead, the Atlanta Falcons receiver opted to endure the pain after suffering a high-ankle sprain during an Aug. 15 exhibition against the Ravens. Now, more than a month later, White continues to be slowed by the injury. It won't, however, keep him from facing the New England Patriots come Sunday night.
"Yeah, I'm going to push through it," White said.
White, who missed a day of practice this week, was asked if the injury was more serious than he initially thought.
"Yeah, maybe now that I look back at it," he said. "But, you know, it is what it is. I can't go back and change it. I've already come this far. Every week, like I said, I've got to get better. And hopefully I'm not injured or hurt in the game or I don't re-injure it, I'll be better the next week."
White hasn't been his typical self and enters Week 4 as the Falcons' fifth-leading receiver with seven catches for 56 yards and no touchdowns. He has been targeted just nine times through three games. Julio Jones, the team's leading receiver with 27 catches (373 yards) has been targeted 35 times.
In terms of treating the ankle, the best option might be rest. White said he won't truly get to do so until the bye week, Oct. 12. For now, he simply has to continue getting treatment, including the hyperbaric chamber he has used for weeks.
"We've done everything medically you can do for an ankle sprain," White said. "Everything. There’s no stone unturned. These injuries just take time."
White noted how new teammate Osi Umenyiora once suffered a high-ankle sprain and couldn't do anything for five weeks. White won't have the luxury of resting for the same period of time unless the pain becomes unbearable.
"We're figuring out ways to get better, week in and week out," White said. "We're doing everything that we can, all the treatment and stuff, to get better. That’s all you can do."
UPDATE: White is listed as questionable on the official injury report.
In other injury news, cornerback Asante Samuel was added to the injury report Friday as he continues to deal with a thigh issue. He is questionable to face his former team Sunday night. Samuel was inactive for the season opener against the Saints due to his thigh.
Also listed as questionable for the Falcons are wide receiver Julio Jones (knee) and tackle Sam Baker (foot/knee).
As previously reported, running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) won’t play against the Patriots and is expected to be sidelined another two to three weeks.
Center Peter Konz (knee), cornerback Robert McClain (knee), guard Garrett Reynolds (knee), and running back/special teamer Josh Vaughan (ankle) are all probable despite dealing with minor injuries.
In New England, the status of tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm/back) and receiver Danny Amendola (groin) remains unclear. Both are questionable. Offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer (foot) also is questionable, although he returned to practice Friday. Linebacker Jerod Mayo (ankle) was added to the injury report, but is probable.