The Atlanta Falcons have already lost star WR Julio Jones for the season with an injury, and their other star wideout Roddy White continues to be hobbled by a pair of ailments. White came into Week 5′s Monday night loss to the New York Jets with a high-ankle sprain that he played through, but he also suffered a setback on it the week leading up to the game. To make matters worse, White, who was already clearly struggling with the ankle injury, suffered a hamstring injury. The only bright spot is the fact that White has a bye week to recover, but this is just yet another example of the injury bug biting the Falcons especially hard this season.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter reports that Roddy White was unable to practice today, and it is unclear which injury is bothering him more at this point. He hasn’t put up his usual big numbers this season due to the injuries, and fact that Julio Jones is out for the year is only going to make matters worse. Now, the only thing keeping defenses from stacking things up against White is a huge season from Harry Douglas, who has a huge role to fill as the “next man up”. At this point, White’s status is up in the air for this week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so keep a close eye on his practice status.
Matt Ryan is truly having a rough year around him, as the running game has suffered with Steven Jackson out for a month now, Jones out for the year, White hobbled, the defense crumbling (partially due to injuries to the likes of Kroy Bierrman and Sean Weatherspoon), and his left tackle is also injured. Ledbetter tweeted that Sam Baker did not practice today, and we can only hope that he will be back soon; the Falcons pass protection is in shambles without him.