RB Michael Turner 90 percent healed, but still at OTAs

Michael Turner (Associated Press)

Michael Turner (Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Baltimore Ravens got busted violating the organized team activity workout rules and will forfeit their final week of practices.

In the two practices that the media has been allowed to witness, the Falcons are not coming close to violating the non-contact rules. There was a little dust-up between Tyson Clabo and Kroy Biermann, but that was about as physical as the practices got.

The Falcons coaches seem to be stressing tempo. Getting in and out of plays and drills with some degree of offseason urgency.

The Ravens “violated the rules concerning the intensity and tempo of drills,” according to the NFL.

There is a fine line that head coach Mike Smith and  the coaching staff must not cross.

“Coach is not killing us out here,” Falcons running back Michael Turner said. “We are just getting the timing down right. The more we can do, the better we are going to do once the season starts.”

Veterans John Abraham and Tony Gonzalez have been the only veterans who have missed some of the OTAs. Abraham hasn’t attended either of the two open sessions. Gonzalez was on hand for the first open session.

The more senior veterans are generally excused by the other veterans. But, there is still a part of the team that would like to see 100 percent attendance.

“It shows each other that we are committed and that we are on the same page and are trying to do something special,” Turner said. “We know that we have a lot of talent on this team. We just have to put the work in. Just having talent on

tlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) heads for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

tlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) heads for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

paper doesn’t mean anything.”

STILL NOT 100 PERCENT: Turner is using the offseason to round back into shape. He was fully recovered from his high ankle sprain in mid-April.

“I wouldn’t say 100 (percent),” Turner said. “I would say 90. I’m well enough to play some games and not worry about it.”

Turner has remained upbeat this offseason.

“I’ve had high ankle sprains before but for me to go back out there and keep repeating it and hurting it over and over again, probably made the healing process a little bit longer,” Turner said.

SOMETHING TO PROVE?: Although Turner was on pace for another mega-season, some believes he still has something to prove in 2010.

“I just want to stay healthy,” Turner said. “I didn’t think I was having a bad season. My yards per carry was still pretty good and I was scoring touchdowns. I just needed more big plays for the team. But other than that . . .. It was rough. It was rough going down like that and getting hurt.”

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28 comments Add your comment

Mikefalcon63

June 8th, 2010
7:37 am

I am not concerned about Abe and Gonzo being AWOL for OTAs. They know their jobs and will be in for training camp to get the timing down.

Great to see Turner feeling better about his health. Really looking forward to watching our running game this year. Hopefully, we can get back to punishing defensive lines. Nothing better than having a lead, while watching the other team’s defensive line bending over with fatigue in the 4th qtr.

Blue Fender

June 8th, 2010
8:43 am

What exactly were they doing in Baltimore? Were they running full out contact drills or what?

Mr. Phil

June 8th, 2010
9:03 am

First of all, you can not be AWOl (absent without leave) from a voluntary activity. The word voluntary implies that leave has been granted.

Secondly, I understand Abraham’s situation. Let’s admit it. As much as I love JA, he is injury prone. Therefore, he has to spend his off seasons consulting with specialists to make sure he is physically able to perform when the time comes.

As, for Tony G. I think something must have happened on that flight that we are not being told. He shows up for one session and then mysteriously disappears without explanation? Sounds fishy to me. I say if he has a poor season this year we should hold the airline liable. In fact, if the Falcons don’t when the Superbowl I am suing Delta and Hartsfield International.

Mr. Phil

June 8th, 2010
9:05 am

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Vick=Dog killing thug

June 8th, 2010
10:35 am

I say get the dirty birds down to the gulf oil spill and have them pick up globs of oil. Think about it… They could all snap out of a huddle.. go about 10 feet in the sand, get down in their stances and grab a handful of goop and throw it in a bucket. Repeat that 200 or 300 times a day

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 8th, 2010
10:50 am

VDKT — They would be really “Dirty” Birds then.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 8th, 2010
11:08 am

Mr. Phil — Pretty sure that you wouldn’t have standing to bring that lawsuit. Perhaps the Falcons will make that a moot point.

Terrance X

June 8th, 2010
12:01 pm

Marv Hubbard – if we can get Marv Hubbard production from Turner we’ll certainly contend.

allycks

June 8th, 2010
12:10 pm

Just stating the obvious: Michael Turner is a stud. Got to love having him on the Falcons. If he stays healthy we’ll have a good chance of winning the NFC South.

Ted M

June 8th, 2010
12:34 pm

Only close to 100%…crap that doesn’t sound to good.

Ted M

June 8th, 2010
12:42 pm

I’m worried about our running game now. Its been along time since Turners injury. It should have completely healed by now.

Best of Atlanta

June 8th, 2010
12:58 pm

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….. Nesbitt for Heisman …..
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Case Quarter

June 8th, 2010
1:13 pm

@Terrance X… Let me guess, Marv Hubbard always gave 110%… What’s up with this 90% stuff from Turner? Besides, Kenny King was my favorite at that time.

realbirdofprey

June 8th, 2010
1:44 pm

This curse the guy was talking about with Michael Turner is pretty disturbing what do you think about it DOL? http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-fantasy/09000d5d8187e4d3/Who-s-No-1

realbirdofprey

June 8th, 2010
1:48 pm

have you ever heard of the running back curse of 370?

Ted M

June 8th, 2010
1:54 pm

I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of that curse. And it seems like its true.

what were they thinking?

June 8th, 2010
1:58 pm

There is no way Atlanta Safety Shann Schillinger from Montana (selected 171st in the 6th round) is a better draft choice than Running Back Jonathan Dwyer (selected 188th in the 6th round) by Pittsburgh.

Ted M

June 8th, 2010
2:00 pm

I agree and 2 RB are always hurt

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 8th, 2010
2:02 pm

But the curse of 370 was for last season. He should be fine this season, unless he ’s on the Madden cover or something. Who’s on the Madden cover this year?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 8th, 2010
2:03 pm

Madden 2010 cover to feature Troy Polamalu and Larry Fitzgerald.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 8th, 2010
2:09 pm

Marv Hubbard was a beast!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 8th, 2010
2:11 pm

Marv Hubbard was an 11th round pick out of Colgate and went on to make three Pro Bowls. But he only had one 1,000-yard rushing season. He played from 1969 to 1977. He played his last season for the Detroit Lions.

SKYROCK

June 8th, 2010
2:13 pm

The new Madden is Drew Brees. Is this an omen?

D Money

June 8th, 2010
2:44 pm

DLed…what’s the word on some of the “forgottens” like Trey Lewis, Chevis Jackson, and Eric Weems? I know it’s early but do they look stronger or quicker… particularly Lewis and Jackson.

Dave

June 8th, 2010
5:54 pm

Sprains take a long, long time to heal. Just as a weekend warrior and young I sprained my ankle twice. The first one took six months to stop hurting when I planted. And I weighed 175 pounds. Give our bruiser a little more time for the pounding to come.

realbirdofprey

June 9th, 2010
12:55 am

yeah the new madden has drew brees and they were saying the 370 curse effects the rest of the back’s career in most cases like larry johnson and shawn alexander.