Yes, Falcons receiver Roddy White played Sunday. Yes, he played through an injury on Sunday, as he often has done during an NFL career that has seen him miss zero regular-season games.
Yes, White concedes that he’s not the guy he normally is because of a high ankle sprain suffered during the preseason.
“They wanted me in certain areas to do certain things so that they couldn’t just bracket guys,” White tells D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an article trapped behind a pay wall. “That’s what we did.”
In other words, White was in some respects a decoy. He was on the field, but he was impaired in comparison to what he otherwise can do.
White added that it's hard to cut and admitted the injury could last for weeks. Teams won't be fooled by White as a decoy, so next time he plays he will have to be effective. We will know more when the injury reports come out Wednesday, but it doesn't appear as if he'll be 100-percent for Week 2.