"Roddy felt much better today than he did yesterday," Mike Smith said. "We are going to be very cautious with Roddy in terms of getting ready for the ball game. He probably will not do a whole lot on Friday or Saturday and then we will get him out there on Sunday and see where he’s at. But it’s hard to keep Roddy White out of a football game."
If White is unable to go, Atlanta will need Harry Douglas (among others) to step up and fill the void. New York is 27th in the NFL against the pass, so this isn't the worst time of the year for the Falcons' receiver corps to be banged up.
He has never missed a NFL game in his career.
William Moore didn't practice on Thursday, either, and his status for Sunday remains up in the air. The Falcons could really use Moore's services, as the Giants currently sport the ninth best passing offense in the NFL. While Mike Nolan's D is deep at corner—as we've seen with the strong play of one Robert McClain—the same cannot be said for the safety position. It's very difficult to trust Chris Hope in a starting role at this point and time.
Giants Banged Up as Well
Five members of the New York Giants sat out of practice on Thursday with injuries, including former Falcon linebacker Michael Boley, who has a back ailment. Additionally, Prince Amukamara, Kenny Phillips and Tyler Sash were held out, so New York's defense is far from full strength. The one player on their offense who didn't participate on Thursday was Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), but he's expected to play on Sunday.
The Giants rush defense is the worst the Falcons will face the rest of the regular season, so now is as good of a time to start producing in that facet of the game.
Currently 22nd in the NFL at stopping the run, New York has been prone to giving up some big plays on the ground in 2012. If Atlanta can take advantage of this, it will go a long way toward securing a victory.
Look for Jacquizz Rodgers to get a healthy number of carries this week, perhaps more than Michael Turner. If the Falcons are going to succeed at moving the ball on the ground at any point this season, Rodgers is going to be the one to lead the way.
Atlanta passed the ball on 81.67 percent of their offensive plays last week. That needs to change one way or another. If this can't be fixed against New York, however, it's hard to imagine it will be fixed at any point this season.
Samuel Working Hard to Get Back on the Field
After missing the majority of the past three games, Asante Samuel is starting to feel better. The former Pro Bowl cornerback was limited in practice on Thursday and isn't sure if he'll be ready to play against the Giants.
"First of all, you’ve got an injury and you can’t be out there to help your teammates and to help put forth the effort to win the game. Second of all, just being injured — hurting, not feeling yourself every day," he said. "Like I said, I’m working hard to get back to as close to 100 percent as I can and be back to normal."
Accuscore Predicts Falcons vs. Giants Game
The complex Accuscore system has given its prediction for Sunday's matchup at the Georgia Dome. Spoiler alert: it predicts the Falcons will score more than two points this time around.