FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Roddy White isn't concerned that he might not be 100 percent healthy for the remainder of the season.
The four-time Pro Bowl receiver just wants to get back on the field and help the Atlanta Falcons end their terrible slump.
"We've got to try to string some wins back to back if we're going to get ourselves back in this race," White said Friday. "So it's going to be important for me to be out there."
Nine months after their season ended 10 yards shy of the Super Bowl, the Falcons have been one of the league's biggest disappointments. They have lost four of five and are tied for the NFC's fourth-worst record.
A season-ending foot injury to Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones four weeks ago cost Atlanta one of the NFL's elite deep threats, and the passing attack has been further compromised by White's right ankle and left hamstring injuries.
White is eager to play Sunday when the Falcons (2-5) visit Carolina (4-3). The ninth-year veteran returned to practice Friday for the first time in over three weeks and is listed as questionable.
"It went well," he said. "I ran some routes and did some things that are in the game plan. I felt real good out there."
White played the first five games with a high ankle sprain, but had just 14 catches for 129 yards and no touchdowns — far below the weekly statistics he accustomed to posting as the Falcons' career-leading receiver.
In helping Atlanta win the NFC South last year, White became just the fifth NFL player to have three consecutive seasons with at least 90 catches and 1,200 yards receiving.
Coach Mike Smith says White's status will be a game-time decision. White must successfully complete a hamstring test with trainers before team doctors will clear him to play.
White, who missed the first game of his career two weeks ago in a home victory over Tampa Bay, has stood on the sideline the last two weeks and is eager to return to action.
"That might be an understatement," Smith said. "He's one of the most passionate, competitive guys that I've been around. The sooner we get him back out, the better it is for everybody."
Three other starters — left tackle Sam Baker (knee), safety William Moore (hip) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee) — are also listed as questionable.