FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Roddy White hasn’t gone into hiding.
The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver made his presence known every day this week by strolling through the locker room shirtless, wearing a stoic expression on his face.
His limp is noticeable -- a product of the hamstring injury he suffered in the last game coupled with the high-ankle sprain he endured during the preseason. But White couldn't comment on his status, since players sidelined during practice are not available to the media.
One has to wonder if White’s iron-man streak of 133 consecutive games is about to come to an end Sunday when the 1-4 Falcons host the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5). It doesn’t look promising for White, although Friday’s practice should reveal exactly where he stands, physically.
Assistant head coach Terry Robiskie, who works with White and the wide receivers, was asked about the possibility of White’s streak ending.
"That’s an unbelievable streak," Robiskie said. "I don’t know as far as it coming to an end or not coming to an end. I know Roddy is the toughest guy I’ve ever coached. And the thing I’ll say about the Roddy White I know is every single morning he wakes up, he’s preparing to play on Sunday. I know Roddy. I think Roddy will keep going and he’ll do the things that he needs to do to get well."
Since joining the Falcons as a first-round pick in 2005, White has started 112 of the 133 games he has played (excluding playoffs). In fact, the four-time Pro Bowl pick hasn’t missed a game since his true freshman year at Alabama-Birmingham (2001), when he played in nine of 11 games for the Blazers.
White’s streak of 133 consecutive games is the second-longest among active receivers behind Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne (188).
Not to mention White has caught a pass in 105 consecutive games.
White admitted he should have proceeded with more caution after suffering the high-ankle sprain. We’ll see if that experience makes him extra cautious with his hamstring.