Falcons WR Roddy White to have minor surgery on elbow

ATLANTA (AP) Roddy White will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his right elbow, Atlanta coach Dan Quinn announced Sunday, thought the long-time Falcons receiver should be ready for the Sept. 14 season opener against Philadelphia.

The 33-year-old White developed some unexpected swelling in his elbow late last week and didn’t play in Friday night’s preseason loss to the New York Jets.

”There’s something loose in his elbow that caused it to swell up,” Quinn said. ”They will go in and take out whatever loose bodies are in there. It’s pretty minor stuff. Something caused some swelling in his elbow. It was not from a hit or anything. It just kind of came up.”

White will undergo the procedure on Monday and likely be back on the field in about a week.

Quinn said he has no doubt that White will be fully recovered in time for the regular season.

White’s injury opens up a chance for young receivers such as Justin Hardy and Nick Williams to get more playing time and earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

Receiver is one of the strongest positions on the team, led by Julio Jones and White. Leonard Hankerson has been impressive, while Devin Hester and Eric Weems are also in the mix and highly valued for their work on special teams.

”I love to see the opportunities for the other guys. Nick is a great example. He keeps competing and battling for it. That’s someone we definitely want to keep looking at. It’s also an opportunity for Justin Hardy,” Quinn said. ”It’s going to be beneficial to both those guys, who haven’t had the experience that Rod has, to get in there and get more turns.”

As for the rest of the injury report, Quinn said he hopes defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman will be cleared this week after being sidelined with a concussion, and added that running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are very close to returning from hamstring issues.

Another running back, Evan Royster, should be OK after going out against the Jets. However, offensive guard Peter Konz will need arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to be out up to three weeks.

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