Falcons WR White returns to game after knee injury

Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White says X-rays were negative

on his right knee and that a brace he wore in the second half

Sunday caused no problems.

White, who began the game with an NFL-best 54 catches, was

injured in the first quarter and returned briefly in the second

before leaving the field again and walking to the locker room.

He returned in the second half and finished Atlanta’s 27-21

victory over Tampa Bay with 49 yards receiving on four catches.

”I went out there and didn’t feel much pain,” White said, ”so

I kept going.”

White was injured on an 11-yard reception in which linebacker

Quincy Black hit him high on the left side.

”I came down kind of funny,” White said. ”The guy landed on

me, and I kind of just felt it a little bit. It didn’t feel quite

right.”

White, whose 747 yards receiving before the game ranked second

in the league, was one of the last players to emerge from the

tunnel for the second half. He tested his knee on the sideline and

trotted back out for Atlanta’s first possession.

Center Todd McClure also returned to the game after leaving late

in the first half with a knee injury. McClure, the longest tenured

Falcon at 12 years, has made a franchise-record 136 consecutive

starts.