When the Atlanta Falcons welcome the Baltimore Ravens to the Georgia Dome on Thursday Night Football, they might be doing so without the services of the league's second-leading receiver, Roddy White. White, who injured his knee in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, is listed as questionable on the teams' official injury report. He was limited in practice Wednesday after missing practice altogether on Monday and Tuesday. The injury was not believed to be serious and White even returned to the Bucs game on two different occasions but his practice participation has much of Atlanta wondering if it's worth it to risk the two-time Pro Bowler against the Ravens.
I say if you can guarantee that sitting out this game will mean the knee becomes anon-issue the rest of the season, then it's worth it to rest him. I do not believe the Falcons can win without White but this is a non-conference game and, at worst, the Falcons would be tied with the Saints in the standings with the tiebreaker over them. However, if this is something that he'll have to deal throughout the season regardless if he rests, then he has to play. White has become a game-changer. Defenses have to scheme to stop him. If he can't play, the Ravens can load the box because no other Falcon receiver has shown they can be a consistent threat.