The Atlanta Falcons lost to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon. The season-opening loss was likely due in part to the minimal impact of wide receiver Roddy White as he deals with an ankle injury, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.
White played in the contest, but was obviously injured and nothing more than a talented decoy. All told, White had two catches for 19 yards on the day. After the game, he spoke about his lack of effectiveness due to the ankle injury which he suffered in the second preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.
"I wasn't my usual self," said White, who had the ankle heavily taped after the game. "But you go out there and play as much as possible and try to help your team win. But it will be maybe a few more weeks before I can go out there and be myself. But no excuses. We just came up short today."
Despite the team repeatedly saying White does not have a high ankle sprain -- an injury that has been known to sideline players for up to a month -- White acknowledged that he does indeed have that ailment.
"Yeah. It's hard to cut. It's hard to do just about everything at the position. No excuses. When you go out there, you try to win."
Over at The Falcoholic, Dave Choate writes about the impact of not having a healthy White:
Ultimately, the Falcons lost more on mistakes and a lack of execution than missing players. It is a reminder that the Falcons can struggle when not at full strength, particularly missing Roddy White.
Atlanta's schedule over the next few weeks doesn't appear too difficult. Four of the next five games come at home against the St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a road game mixed in versus the Miami Dolphins for good measure.