ATLANTA (AP) — Falcons receiver Roddy White will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his right elbow, though the team expects him to be ready for the Sept. 14 season opener against Philadelphia.

Coach Dan Quinn announced Sunday that White developed some unexpected swelling in his elbow late last week and will have surgery to remove “some loose bodies.”

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White didn’t play in Atlanta’s preseason loss to the Jets on Friday night. His injury opens up a chance for receivers such as Justin Hardy and Nick Williams to get more playing time and possibly earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

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Quinn says receiver is one of the strongest spots on the team, led by Julio Jones. Devin Hester and Eric Weems are also in the mix and highly valued on special teams.

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