It didn’t take long Thursday for wide receiver Roddy White to put to rest any concerns about his ability to suit up in New Orleans for Sunday’s season opener.
In his first appearance in front of the media since injuring his ankle in the preseason, White was emphatic that he will play in Sunday’s game.
“I don’t give out the injury report — Smitty (head coach Mike Smith) does. You know, come Sunday, I’ll be ready to go,” White said in front of his locker Thursday. “My adrenaline will be pumping. It’s football. Once you get out there, you’ve gotta just go play.”
White owns an impressive streak of playing in all 128 games of his eight-year career and it doesn’t look like that’s going to come to an end.
White injured his ankle against Baltimore in the second preseason game of 2013 and had been held out of practice since Wednesday. He returned to practice in a limited role Wednesday and head coach Mike Smith said afterward that he was confident that White would be available for Sunday’s game.
White showed that same confidence Thursday as he addressed the media.
“I never thought about (the streak) really. You just go out there and football players play football, so you don’t think about whether you’re going to miss a game or you’re not going to play and things like that,” White said. “When you have the opportunity to play, you just play. I never really thought about the streak until everybody else started talking about it. You just do what you’ve gotta do and get yourself ready to play.
“I’m 100 percent certain I’ll be out there on Sunday.”