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The Lowdown: Roddy White’s Injury and Kevin White on the PUP List

Roddy White


Roddy White had his knee drained prior to June minicamp and expects the knee to be drained again during the 2015 season. Knee drainings are generally routine, non-surgical procedures, but may be concerning for White coming off back-to-back injury-plagued seasons. White actually hinted doctors told him to have surgery, but he is going to play through the knee “irritation” instead. “It’s not a concern to me because it’s just like a little irritation,” said White. “My cartilage in my knee is not smooth. It’s kind of rippled. You can elect to have surgery, but I just decided not to because I’m not a surgery guy. I just don’t want to do it.” White turns 34 this November

I think it should be a cause for some concern for an aging receiver that needs multiple knee drains in order to play. Roddy White went eight seasons playing all 16 games, but has missed two games in each of the last two years. Coincidentally, the last two seasons are the only seasons since 2006 where he’s failed to reach over 1,000 receiving yards.

Julio Jones1630.278182.2464.760.40
Roddy White1240.224146.3827.720.22
Devin Hester590.09968.3913.010.22
Harry Douglas740.16185.507.600.10

The RotoViz staff projections may be a little lower than most on White as we have him projected at WR45. If White can remain on the field, he will still hold value on a pass-first team that has one of the better quarterbacks in the league. If White is slowed down at all or is forced to miss some time, that will probably mean that Leonard Hankerson will be the next man up for an increased role in the offense. Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure has stated they Falcons really like Hankerson.

Opposite Jones, the coaches really like newcomer Hankerson based on his strong offseason. Hankerson played in Shanahan’s system while in Washington and appears to be healthy coming off a gruesome left knee injury in 2013. But Hankerson’s emergence doesn’t necessarily move White aside. It simply means the veteran White has to have a strong training camp and show the left knee injury that has plagued him won’t be a lingering issue.


If you’re investing a pick in White this season, it might not be a terrible idea to add Hankerson as insurance. Mike Braude thinks drafting Matt Ryan could be a trap in 2015 and he also makes the case for selecting Julio Jones No. 1 overall.

Kevin White


A shin injury suffered in offseason workouts has landed Bears first-round pick Kevin White on the physically unable to perform list as training camp gets underway.

General Manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday that the team wants to take it easy with White given how much time remains before the start of the season and that they want him to focus on building up his cardiovascular strength before letting him loose on the field. Pace also said that White isn’t thrilled by the decision.

Although this seems like a minor injury, it’s concerning that Kevin White is missing practice reps with his offense. White has now missed all of minicamp and may be playing catch-up coming into the league as raw rookie WR. This is just a yearly reminder not to get caught with rookie derangement syndrome.


Earlier in the year Jay Cutler stated that White was fighting for the No. 4 WR job. While I don’t necessarily believe that’s the case, I do believe that White is currently being over-valued. At their current ADPs I would be more likely to draft Eddie Royal over White. Albert Breer also reported that the Bears have “big plans” for Eddie Royal this season. Anthony Amico lets you know what to expect from White this season and Fantasy Gumshoe debates Alshon Jeffery vs. White in dynasty leagues.

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