Roddy White Injury Update: Listed Questionable With Sore Knee
The Falcons leading receiver injured his knee Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and did not have a typically big game statistically (49 yards). Some of that had to do with the sore knee and also the devotion of the Bucs' defense toward him with cornerback Aqib Talib.
White did not practice Monday and Tuesday. He was limited in practice on Wednesday.
The Falcons offense is humming along and hitting its stride with a balanced offense of run-pass. The loss of White right now would be a blow against a formidable team like the Ravens, who are giving up just 17 points a game, sixth best in the NFL.
It wouldn't help to also not have veteran center Todd McClure, who was limited in practice with a knee issue. McClure and quarterback Matt Ryan work in harmony in pass protection, which is particularly important this week against the fast Ravens, who are known for pressures.
McClure is also listed as questionable.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said linebacker Sean Weatherspoon did not practice Wednesday, but he is listed as questionable for the Baltimore game.
Weatherspoon, a rookie out of Missouri, has missed three games with a right knee sprain.
• Both quarterbacks Thursday night, Ryan of the Falcons and Joe Flacco of the Ravens, were drafted in the first round in 2008. Ryan was third overall; Flacco was 18th.
• Both teams are fairly balanced offensively, but where the Falcons have an edge, at least on paper, is turnover differential. The Falcons are plus-7, which is fourth in the NFL. The Ravens are plus-one, which is tied for 15th.
• Atlanta is 21-1 under coach Mike Smith when it leads at halftime. The Falcons are among the leaders in the NFL the last three seasons in points scored on their first offensive possession.
• Since 2008, the Falcons are 17-3 at home, which is tied for the best home winning percentage with Minnesota and New England, who are also 17-3.