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Roddy White still isn’t where he wants to be, but will play Sunday

Atlanta Falcons v Miami Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled after a catch during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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When Falcons wide receiver Roddy White initially hurt his ankle in August, the Falcons said that he had not suffered the dreaded high ankle sprain that has kept many a player from being in the lineup.

White later admitted that it was that type of injury, although his play on the field through the first three weeks would have made it clear that this is a fairly severe sprain. White has been mostly a decoy through the first three games, playing a reduced number of snaps and seeing a drop in his targets as well.

Vaughn McClure of reports that White said Friday that he still isn’t where he wants to be in his recovery from the injury, but will once again “gut it out” against the Patriots on Sunday night. McClure adds that White also said that he’ll rest up during the team’s bye week, which comes after they host the Jets in Week Five.

White’s limited effectiveness hasn’t appeared to hurt his ability to concern defenses as Julio Jones leads the NFL in receiving yards to this point in the season. Still, it will be a good day for the Falcons offense when White returns to full speed and makes them even more difficult to stop.