WR Roddy White to miss game for 1st time in career

The Associated PressOctober 18, 2013
WR Roddy White to miss game for 1st time in career
In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct 29, 2013m Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) can't reach a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Atlanta. White's streak of playing in 133 consecutive regular-season games will end, as he will miss a game for the first time in nine seasons after injuring his hamstring. The four-time Pro Bowl selection was one of three starters listed as out on Friday's injury report. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White will miss the first game of his nine-year career on Sunday.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection was one of three starters listed as out on Friday's injury report.

White, Atlanta's career-leading receiver, played the first five games with a right ankle injury, catching only 14 passes for 129 yards. He hurt his left hamstring in a Week 5 loss to the New York Jets and hasn't practiced since.

Atlanta (1-4) lost Pro Bowl wideout Julio Jones to season-ending foot surgery in the same game. Jones led the NFL in catches and ranked second in yards receiving at the time.

Running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) and left tackle Sam Baker (knee) will not play against Tampa Bay (0-5).

Starting middle linebacker Akeem Dent (knee) is questionable.