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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Roddy White misses start of OTAs

By Vaughn McClure
ESPN.com

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, whose brother was killed May 17 in South Carolina, was not ready to return to the field when the Falcons began organized team activities Tuesday, a league source told ESPN.com.

Early indications are White won't participate in Wednesday's session, which is open to the media.

The funeral for White's younger brother, Tyrone Moore Jr., was held Thursday. Darnell Lafayette, 23, was charged with murdering Moore, 21, outside a nightclub.

White took to Twitter on Sunday to thank friends and 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

Although White, 32, is a crucial part of the offense and is on the verge of a contract extension, the Falcons understand football is secondary at this particular time. OTAs are voluntary.

White missed some OTAs last season along with former teammate Tony Gonzalez, who is now retired.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank recently stated his intent to keep both White and fellow receiver Julio Jones in Atlanta for the duration of their careers. White is signed through 2014, while the team recently exercised a fifth-year option on Jones through 2015. Jones will not participate in OTAs as the team continues to be cautious with him coming off season-ending foot surgery.

"We'd love to have them both," Blank said of White and Jones. "Obviously, they are at different points in their careers with us. Roddy's 32, if I'm not mistaken. And Julio's a much younger man [25]. We want to see them both have a long career and a 100 percent career with the Atlanta Falcons."

White had a string of six consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards snapped last season as he dealt with ankle and hamstring injuries. He also had his consecutive-games streak snapped at 133.