Roddy White of Falcons says right knee 'feeling good'
- By Marc Sessler
- Updated: Jan. 6, 2013 at 12:59 p.m.
Roddy White says the right knee injury that bothered him over the final three weeks of the regular season won't be a problem when the Atlanta Falcons begin their playoff run next weekend.
"It's feeling good," the wide receiver told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I think the second week was really the turning point for everything. I feel a lot more comfortable. I feel like I can move around and do lateral movements and stuff like that instead of just running straight."
White didn't practice from Week 15 onward, but he continued to play well in games, hauling in 15 receptions for 211 yards and two touchdowns over his final three starts. The Falcons will need him next week, when Atlanta -- the NFC's top seed -- hosts the winner of Sunday's wild-card game between the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins.
Despite the emergence of second-year pro Julio Jones, 31-year-old White remained Matt Ryan's primary receiver this season, and his 92 catches were second only to tight end Tony Gonzalez, who had 93. White's 1,351 yards were the third most of his eight-year NFL career, but nobody on this Falcons team appears hyped up on numbers.
Atlanta is laser-focused on earning its first playoff win under coach Mike Smith, and a healthy White makes that a sturdier proposition.