2013 has been a struggle for Atlanta Falcons receiver, Roddy White. The 32 year old veteran, and 4 time Pro Bowler, suffered a high ankle sprain in this year’s preseason and just hasn’t given himself the chance to sit and heal on the sideline.
When asked about his injury and his own recovery expectations, White said that he is in no way surprised that he’s still not at 100%. He referred back to his rookie year when he had a similar injury, noting that these things take time and the only way to “feel like you can go 100%” is to not do anything and let your body heal itself. However, despite knowing that he is slowing down his own recovery, Roddy White does not want, or expect, to be given time off.
“My ankle is still bothering me, but I’m a football player, that’s what they pay me to do: play football. And that’s what I’ve been doing my whole life. That’s all I know how to do. So I’m going to get myself out there and fight with my teammates every week, if I can. If I feel like I can go out there and be productive, I’m going to go out there and help my team win.”
Last week, on his hobbled and ankle, White caught 10 passes for 143 yards against the Buffalo Bills. These were 2013 personal season highs in both catches and yards. Previously, Roddy’s season high was just 4 catches for 45 yards; far below the production he normally brings for the Falcons.
Last year, White averaged just over 5 catches a game for 1,351 yards on the season. It’s clear that the 9 year veteran hasn’t been himself all season, but it doesn’t look like he has plans to sit out. Next week, White and the Falcons face the struggling Packers. Green Bay’s defense is coming off a particularly bad week, giving up 40 points against the Lions. If White is able to reignite the spark he had over Thanksgiving weekend, Week 14 could be another big one for #84. However, you can’t bank on him putting up big numbers again as we know he is not at 100%.