"Obviously you wish none of your players had surgery," Blank said, per ESPN.com. "If there's such a thing as a benign surgery -- he had a floating chip in his elbow -- he'll probably be back in a couple weeks. We fully expect him for the first game of the year.
"Roddy would love to play 16 games, and we would love to see him play 16 games."
Dan Quinn stated that White is expected to be ready for the regular season opener on Sept. 14 against Philadelphia.
The problem was not caused in practice, but rather from loose particles in the elbow that need to be removed.
It seems odd for a wide receiver to want his team to throw less, but
The Falcons ran the ball just 23.2 times last year while quarterback Matt Ryan threw the second-most passes in the league. That certainly helped White's numbers, as he finished with 80 receptions for 921 yards and four TDs, but the wideout wants to see the Falcons establish the run, even if it comes at the cost of his numbers.
"I just don't think we're going to go out there and throw it 30, 40 times a game like we did in the past," White said. "I'm not saying that we didn't like that, but it's going to be different. We have to get back to our old (style) where we run the football. Play-action passes and convert on third downs."
"Actually, I feel pretty good. Throughout the end of the season, I felt like my legs were under me," White said. "I wish I hadn't missed two games. That was my goal this year, to get through the year completely healthy, but that didn't happen for me. I feel I could play two or three more years, if I could just stay healthy through the whole course of a season and not miss any games."
White capped his 10th season in the NFL with 80 catches for 921 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games.
"I feel like I'm playing at a really good level," White said. "Any time you can go out there and catch 80 passes in the NFL, you're doing pretty good. I feel like I can play another two or three years and be successful."
White led the way with his first 100-yard outing since Week 7. He turned 12 targets into eight catches for 104 yards. He finishes the year with 80 catches for 921 yards and seven touchdowns. Meanwhile, Jones took a bit of a step back with just four grabs for 58 yards in a 34-3 defeat, eliminating Atlanta from playoff contention. He came down with 104 of 164 targets for 1,593 yards and six touchdowns.
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