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Roddy White Wants To Play Through The Pain

Fact: Roddy White can delete the Recycling Bin.

Kevin C. Cox

After the true extent of Roddy White's high ankle sprain came to light, many of you were furious with the coaching staff. It seemed completely nonsensical to risk losing an offensive star of White's caliber for an extended period because of a lack of caution on the front end. But alas, it was never about the coaching staff. White did and continues to want to play through the pain.

If he had to do it all over again, Roddy White would have proceeded with more caution.

Instead, the Atlanta Falcons receiver opted to endure the pain after suffering a high-ankle sprain during an Aug. 15 exhibition against the Ravens. Now, more than a month later, White continues to be slowed by the injury. It won't, however, keep him from facing the New England Patriots come Sunday night.

"Yeah, I'm going to push through it," White said.

As they say, "it is what it is." We are where we are. Dave drinks what he drinks.

There's no changing the past, and maybe Mike Smith ought to have just said no when White insisted on playing. But imagine that scenario. Imagine the most seasoned Falcon telling Smith, "Coach, I'm good to go, I'm playing." How easy is it to just say no? I'm not saying it was the best decision, but hindsight is 20-20.

Your thoughts?