Roddy White misses Thursday practice; don't plan on him in fantasy

Kevin C. Cox

The Falcons receiver missed his first career game Sunday, and could be out for a second. We break down the fantasy implications.

The Atlanta Falcons' Week 7 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the first wide receiver Roddy White has ever missed, as he sat out the game with ankle and hamstring injuries. After having not practiced all week, including Thursday, according to ESPN.com writer Vaughn McClure, it looks like White is on track to miss another this week.

White started the year injured, but played through his woes mostly as a decoy, to the tune of 14 receptions for 129 yards in five games. It was a miserable performance for the nine-year veteran, who had played every game of his career leading to Week 7.

Fantasy impact: Amid a horrible season for Atlanta, the Falcons appear to have decided to let White sit until he gets right, with little reason to think the team will be able to contend for the playoffs. White is likely to miss Sunday, and seeing him miss Week 9, as well, is a possibility.

Without White, Harry Douglas had the best game of his five-year career Sunday, compiling seven catches for 149 yards and a touchdown. While that sort of performance isn't likely to repeat, Douglas should still be a viable performer in fantasy, a reasonable flex start with White out. Other Falcons, like Tony Gonzalez, Jacquizz Rodgers and likely back-from-injury Steven Jackson, also could benefit from White's absence.

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