The Falcons' offense has been putrid the past few weeks, yielding eight turnovers (seven interceptions) in back-to-back losses to Arizona and Carolina. Matt Ryan has had to deal with a spate of costly injuries that have largely hampered the once-potent offense and all-but washed away a chance at a promising season.
But on Thursday, Ryan and the Falcons got some promising news as they prepare for Sunday's tilt against Seattle -- a rematch of last year's divisional playoff game.
.@roddywhiteTV said he's playing on Sunday vs. Seattle.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) November 7, 2013
.@roddywhiteTV said, "I'm pretty sure that I'll be out there. I wanted to go out and have a full week of practice before I actually played."— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) November 7, 2013
It should be noted that in last year's victory against the Seahawks, White had five catches for 76 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown grab.
White has missed the Falcons' past three games (1-2) with hamstring and ankle injuries, and although he tried to return last week against the Panthers, he didn't feel comfortable following pre-game warm-ups.
Coach Mike Smith wouldn't reveal whether White would be in the lineup, but he sounded more optimistic than he was last week.
"Do I expect Roddy to be active? Again, we're going to have to wait and see how the week plays out. Last week, he got very limited opportunities to practice. It's great to have him participating in practice on Wednesday. That's not happened since prior to the Baltimore preseason game,” Smith said earlier this week.
The last time White played came in early October against the Jets. He hauled in four catches for 45 yards.