Smith talks White's status, trade deadline

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith would not commit to receiver Roddy White returning to practice this week, but White appears to be making progress coming off hamstring and ankle injuries.

White had his streak of 133 consecutive games snapped two weeks ago against Tampa Bay, then missed Sunday's 27-13 loss at Arizona. He was spotted on the practice field last week but was not in practice gear.

"Roddy’s going to continue to work,’’ Smith said. "He started running outside with the trainers last week, so he was out of the training room and out on the field. We certainly hope that he will continue to progress. And again, it will be up to the doctors in terms of them making the decision on when he’ll be able to return to play."

Being without White the past two weeks and without Julio Jones for the remainder of season following foot surgery has fueled speculation that the Falcons might be in the market for a receiver before Tuesday’s trade deadline. Smith dismissed any trade talk in the past. He maintained his stance on Monday.

"Absolutely no consideration of that at all," Smith said of a trade.

His thoughts certainly apply to tight end Tony Gonzalez, whose name continues to be linked to trade talk involving his former team, the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. Gonzalez said he won’t seek a trade, and the Falcons expressed no desire to move the veteran before the end of his final NFL season. But the Chiefs have made it clear they would welcome him back for a playoff run.