Roddy White to have elbow surgery; back for Week 1?


Matt Ryan will be without his No. 2 receiver for the remainder of the preseason schedule.

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Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn announced Sunday that Roddy White will undergo minor surgery to clean out loose particles in his elbow. Quinn fully expects White to be ready for the regular-season opener versus the Philadelphia Eagles, per the Falcons' official website.

White missed the Falcons' Friday night loss to the New York Jets after his elbow swelled up.

The concern for Atlanta is that age and injuries are catching up to a four-time Pro Bowl receiver who turns 34 in November.

An iron man early in his career, White has battled a litany of injuries since his 2013 season was ravaged by ankle, hamstring and shoulder issues. He had to have his knee drained prior to minicamp in June and was planning to do so again during the 2015 season.

Although White is still a reliable pass catcher, he had trouble separating from coverage and failed to force a single missed tackle after the catch, per Pro Football Focus, on 122 targets last season. That's a shocking loss of playmaking ability for an aging wideout.

As impressive as Leonard Hankerson has been in reuniting with coordinator Kyle Shanahan this summer, White could find himself fading to third in Ryan's pecking order this season.

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