Wide receiver Roddy White played in his 129th consecutive game Sunday but conceded after the Atlanta Falcons' 23-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints that his sprained ankle is worse than he and the team have advertised.
White finished Sunday's game with two catches for 19 yards. He responded Monday on Twitter to apparent backlash from fans who started him on their fantasy teams, reminding them he plays "real football."
No I can't give out an injury report before the game. I play real football and it would be stupid to tip the other team off and say I'm hurt
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) September 9, 2013
Sources familiar with White's condition have told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the receiver is nursing a high ankle sprain, an injury doctors initially told White should sideline him a month. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the team has insisted White's injury isn't that severe.
On Sunday, when he was asked by reporters after the game if he had a high ankle sprain, he said, "Yeah. It's hard to cut. It's hard to do just about everything at the position. No excuses. When you go out there, you try to win," he said, according to the Journal-Constitution.
He said "it will be maybe a few more weeks before I can go out there and be myself," according to the newspaper.
White said he was on a snap count of 10 to 15 plays, but "I played more snaps than I was supposed to."
He said that because of his injury he amounted to a decoy in the Falcons' game plan against the Saints.
"They wanted me in certain areas to do certain things so that they couldn't just bracket guys. That's what we did," he said, according to the newspaper.