This will give them just enough hope that crushing them will be that much more enjoyable.....
As had been hoped, Roddy White returned to practice Friday and came away happy with the condition of his injured hamstring and ankle. He is listed as questionable for the Atlanta Falcons' matchup with the Carolina Panthers, but he gave hints that he intends to play.
"Roddy said with a smile that he's a game-time decision. Then he said it is going to be important for him to be out there Sunday," tweeted ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure. "Everything Roddy White said sounded like a guy preparing to play Sunday, although he maintained the 'game-time decision' stance."
What can we expect form White and the rest of the Falcons WR corps if he does return?
Well, the Panthers D has developed into one of the better groups in the NFL. Although they're better at stopping the run, they have been solid against the pass, and only one team has allowed fewer than the six passing touchdowns the Panthers have given up this season. In other words, it will be tough for any of the Falcons wideouts to come up with big numbers in Week 9.
As for White, it's fair to be skeptical, considering his lack of success when he tried to play though his high-ankle sprain previously. Fantasy owners who already found a replacement for White probably will want to stick with that player until White proves that he is fully up to speed.
White's return should help breakout WR Harry Douglas by giving opposing defenses another pass-catcher on which to focus. Douglas has been a monster since Julio Joneswent down, and that should continue, though this week's matchup could cap his upside.