The wide receiver said he wanted to participate in a full week of practice before playing a game, which he’ll accomplish after this week’s practices. White was limited in Wednesday's and Thursday's practice, and head coach Mike Smith said after Thursday's session that they're still in a wait-and-see mode as far as White goes on Sunday, but White was confident that he'd be able to return.
White, who’s streak of 133 consecutive games played ended after he sat out against the Buccaneers in Week 7, said the weeks he spent out helped get his body back in order. However, the receiver wouldn’t give a percentage of his health because he said he never truly feels at 100 percent once training camp starts.
"I'm pretty sure I'm going to be out there on Sunday," White said. "I wanted to get out there and have a full week of practice before I actually played in a game. This will be the first full week."
As for whether he should have been more careful and maybe sat out the start of the season after suffering an ankle injury early in the preseason, the receiver said he’s not looking back and played through that injury simply because he wanted to be there for his teammates from the start.
White returns in a week where the Falcons are looking for a crucial win against a team that holds the best record in the NFC, the 8-1 Seahawks.
While he knows the game with Seattle will be a battle, he’s mainly excited to get back on the field after weeks of being limited to cheering on his teammates from the sidelines. Now that he’s able to return, he hopes to help the Falcons not only stun the Seahawks, but also ultimately help Atlanta turn their entire season around.
“It's always frustrating when you don't win, no matter if you're in the game or on the sidelines,” he said. “It's more difficult when you're not effective in the game. It's tough sitting on the sidelines. You want to be out there and help your team. You're trying to be a sideline coach and try to help the young players out and things like that, but you're so anxious to be out there.”