Michael Turner’s groin injury is not significant

Atlanta running back Michael Turner leaves the game during 2nd quarter action against Arizona. Turner returned to the sidelines in the second half, but did not return to the field to play. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Atlanta running back Michael Turner leaves the game during 2nd quarter action against Arizona. Turner returned to the sidelines in the second half, but did not return to the field to play. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcon running back Michael Turner suffered a groin injury in the 41-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

He finished with 75 yards on nine carries. He was cleared to return to the game, but the Falcons elected to let him rest.

“I don’t think it was significant,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said of Turner’s injury. “He was talking about going back in to the ball game. He was cleared to go back in. I don’t think it’s going to be anything significant. But I have yet to talk to the trainers. I have not had my post-game meeting with the trainers.”

After Turner went down, Jason Snelling picked up the slack. He rushed for 129 yards on 24 carries. He also caught five passes for 57 yards. He had two touchdowns rushing and one receiving.

Turner’s 2009 season was cut short by a high right ankle sprain.

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falcon fan!

September 19th, 2010
5:25 pm

i hope michael turner is ok, but boy, oh boy! how about jason snelling!!! he really had an awesome game. it was a pleasure watching him play and hopefully we’ll get to see lots more of this young man.

Howie Long

September 19th, 2010
5:26 pm

First !

GO FALCONS !

Falcon Jim

September 19th, 2010
5:27 pm

Falcon Jim

September 19th, 2010
5:29 pm

Oh well, barely missed first.

Where are all the Falcon bloggers? Oh yeah, they are all haters so they have nothing to say now.

GO FALCONS !

GREAT GAME.

Big Dude

September 19th, 2010
5:32 pm

J.Norwood is a “China Doll”. Look at him and he breaks!

DSV

September 19th, 2010
5:32 pm

Nice to see us establish the running game against a 3-4. After the Pittsburgh win in TN I don’t feel as bad anymore – bring on the Saints! This game was for all of us who didn’t think you can win by running and throwing short and intermediate. Ryan showed some arm on the incomplete to Douglas – I’d still take a 8 YD completion over a 40 YD incompletion. Nice mix of plays – was there some screens we mixed in or was I dreaming!?!?!?!

DSV

September 19th, 2010
5:34 pm

For all of those who have been saying the whole offseason we need to get rid of norwood – I am ready to join your camp – it was just a matter of time till he went down

Falcon Jim

September 19th, 2010
5:38 pm

Hey hiram – let the SMACK begin !

Y’all have to travel to fairy-land for MNF. Make the long flight back after a loss. Have a short week of preparation. Then, take on a HOT Falcon team.

Talk later, buddy.

F.J.

Bill from Dublin

September 19th, 2010
5:39 pm

What about Jerious?

OHIOdirtybird

September 19th, 2010
5:45 pm

BRING ON DEM AINTS!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 19th, 2010
5:46 pm

MIKE SMITH ON JERIOUS NORWOOD’S INJURY: “I don’t know (what the injury) was. It’s looked like something on the lower leg. He came off the field and we’ll have our post-game (injury) wrap up in the next hour or so.”

yea

September 19th, 2010
5:48 pm

FYI

VICK THREW FOR MORE YARDS THAN RYAN TODAY WITH A WORSE OFFENSIVE LINE.

OHIOdirtybird

September 19th, 2010
5:49 pm

FYI…..who cares

steve brown

September 19th, 2010
5:49 pm

You can’t build a running attack on one player that is constantly injured and another that plays hard one year and then comes into the next out of shape. Our 2 starters are the team’s greatest weakness, thankfully the offensive line is the key.

yea

September 19th, 2010
5:49 pm

THOUGHT

JERIOUS NORWOOD NEEDS TO BE CUT. HE MUST HAVE INFO ON ARTHUR BLANKS.WHY IS SNELLING NOT THE STARTER.

THOUGHT

hike!!!

September 19th, 2010
5:51 pm

I truly feel sorry for Norwood, but… how long are they going to keep paying him and he is NEVER HEALTHY. We need another DEPENDABLE scat back.
Also, why did they not substitute starters in the 4th Qtr. Hell, what is Snelling had gotten hurt, or Ryan.That made no sense to me.

yea

September 19th, 2010
5:52 pm

FURHTER THOUGHT

WHY IS SNELLING NOT IN THE REGULAR ROTATION? HE WAS MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN NORWOOD LAST YEAR WHEN HE WAS HURT YET AGAIN. NORWOOD IS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST LIABILITY ON THIS TEAM. DID HE OUTPERFORM SNELLING IN CAMP.

WHAT IS YOUR THOUGH ORLANDO?

BIg Daddy

September 19th, 2010
5:55 pm

Big game today and the Birds took advantage of a lesser team, as they should. Ryan made some great decisions and I liked the way they had him do rollouts. However, as others have said, the day belonged to Jason Snelling. Catching and running the ball, he had a fabulous games and was the star of the day. The defense made some great plays but made some of the same mistakes they did last week that resulted in touchdowns for the opposing team. That and the fact that there were too many times when a receiver was wide open. Also, I can’t remember the last time I saw a game that had that many personal fouls called.

Falcon Jim

September 19th, 2010
5:56 pm

So now one wonders why they let Dimitri Nance be picked up from the practice squad?

Falcon Jim

September 19th, 2010
6:00 pm

Don’t be too fooled, the Cardinals played one raggedy-ass game. The Falcons played well, or maybe even very good. But don’t let this one sway too far. (And I’m as big a Falcon fan as anyone.)

Parson Brownlow

September 19th, 2010
6:06 pm

I’m afraid Norwood is becoming the Bob Horner of football.

Falcon Jim

September 19th, 2010
6:07 pm

Good analogy Parson.

Falcon Jim

September 19th, 2010
6:08 pm

What about the kid from Georgia that was close to making the team last year but was hurt. Brown?

Bill from Dublin

September 19th, 2010
6:16 pm

Thanks, DOL for the try; man, I love the way “Serious” runs the ball, but, uh…”don’t keep me wonderin’, no longer!”,

Frank Wilson

September 19th, 2010
6:22 pm

As an Atlanta native and a Falcon fan since 1966, I never cease to be amazed at some of the stupid comments I read on these blogs. Our own fans tend to be the worst quick trigger turncoats in the business. One mistake, one loss and they turn on their own team.
I have my own theory as to why. Most of these “fans” are not from Atlanta…….. Duh!
Anybody with a “lick of sense” can see that Arthur Blank has constructed this Franchise from the top down.
We have in my opinion the best owner in the game, one of the best GM’s, a great coach and now an accumulation of great players not to mention the best in training facilities. The Falcons are only going to get better with time.
Today’s 41-7 blowout of Arizona is just the first of many positive scores we’ll see around here for years and years.
So we barely lost our first game on the road against a very good Pittsburg team. So…………?
Take it from me…… someone who saw the very first game and has suffered through many, many frustrations…….. this franchise has arrived.
Exercise a little loyalty and patience……. we have a long term winner.

mountain_jim

September 19th, 2010
6:23 pm

I did not want Norwood returning kicks anyways. Save him for the occasional screen and isolation play… Now I wonder how bad it is for him and for Owens back. I really like Owens and would hate to lose him for long.

Big Ray

September 19th, 2010
6:38 pm

Where are the usual Saints fans? Haven’t heard a word from them. Can’t imagine why. Could it be that they have their own blog now? There IS A GOD!

Anyway, yes the Cardinals played a bad game. But they were also brilliant on the road in their last several games, excluding this one.

Do you think Steeler fans went home after last Sunday’s win over us and said “You know, the Falcons played a crappy game.”

Nope. I think they celebrated the win. As should we, this week.

waynester

September 19th, 2010
6:49 pm

Once a player clears waivers they can take a spot on another team’s roster rather than remain on a practice squad. The only way to have prevented the departure of Nance would have been to put him on our regular roster. Hopefully, Turner will be full speed vs NO, plus there’s the rookie Smith. Still wouldn’t be the least surprised to see us raiding someone else’s PS early next week.
Viva Snelling!

bigcalidawg

September 19th, 2010
7:07 pm

I really thought we would cut Jerious and keep Dmitri Nance. I’m guessin’ they gambled that they could keep both by cutting Nance and putting him on the practice squad and keeping Jerious. Jerious gets hurt about every 5-6 plays, then he misses 2-3 games.

He’s really not a practical use for a roster spot anymore. Time to move on.

moboman

September 19th, 2010
7:10 pm

They were good this week. Lets hope last week was the aberration.

Falcon Jim

September 19th, 2010
7:13 pm

waynester, I thought that was the case for the PS.

Frank Wilson, I’m a “‘66 er” also.
You just said what I was trying to say to the hundreds of nuevo, transplant falcon “followers” last week.

Thanks.

F. J.

JBFALCON

September 19th, 2010
7:17 pm

Frank, you said it all! If all of you pessimistic a**holes want to do is critisize, go find another team!

Samuel

September 19th, 2010
8:16 pm

I’m glad that the Falcons won, but let’s not get to ahead of ourselves. Special teams will have to play better. You simply can’t let the opposing team run the kickoff all the way back. We gave up another big running play, that was called back because of a penalty. Moore seemed to be out of postion several times , but he did make a heads up interception. Matty Ice over threw Harry Douglas for a touch down in the end zone. Sam Baker is becoming a liabilty- with those two holding penalties. The running game with Tuner and Snelling is fine. It’s going to be hard- not to get Jason in the game, when he plays like a pro bowl caliber player. I’m glad Finneran seems to be back. Say what you want but, Chris Owens is a player.If we are to beat the Saints, Ryan will have to have a real breakout game. I like to see Jerious Norwood healthy next week, when the Falcons take on New Orleans. Is Michael Jenkins going to play next week? GO Falcons!!!

Big O

September 19th, 2010
8:19 pm

I too regretted the loss of Nance. He reminded me of a faster version of an inexperienced Snelling two years ago. I just had a feeling we would want him back sooner than later.
I have always like Norwood. He always contributes when on the field and is a class person. But his history of injuries is beginning to be a concern.

GT GRAD

September 19th, 2010
8:19 pm

Snelling has been consistent since day one. He brings the entire package to the RB position.

I sincerely think Snelling is our future primary RB when TD & company decide it is time to let Turner go. Turner does not run with urgency and he seems to be trying to protect his knees/ankles WAY too much. He also does not seem to have the break away speed he showed his first season with the Falcons. I support trading Turner next year (if we can get a #1 or #2 draft pick!).

Clint

September 19th, 2010
8:20 pm

Yea, I would greatly appreciate it if you STOPPED TYPING IN CAPS.

OHIOdirtybird

September 19th, 2010
8:21 pm

agree frank, saw way too many “so called” fans ready to throw the team under the bus after last weeks loss. I’m glad we rebounded strong, ready for next week!!!! RISE UP!!!

DrJ

September 19th, 2010
8:27 pm

I’ve always liked Snelling, and several years ago when the coaches had him listed way down the roster, I was afraid they were going to let him go. Glad he has made a big impression. He has quick starting speed and yards after tackle, and hard to bring down. Nance reminds me of Snelling.

Finn showed why he is in there for Jenkins: he can latch onto the ball, and has the height, and outstanding in the red zone.

Looked like Dunta R has cleared some of the cobwebs, and looked good as the game progressed. And glad to see Moore thumping guys…it was worth the wait.

dyl

September 19th, 2010
8:27 pm

yes, Snelling had a good game but….does anyone remember last year when Turner got hurt? Snelling is a good back-up, maybe a 2nd back at best. So let’s all calm down about Snelling replacing Turner please.

GregKennesaw

September 19th, 2010
8:32 pm

I would like to see the Falcons go on the road and beat a team they aren’t suppose to beat, the aints would be a good start. Home field, the falcons are now 14-3

Jimmy

September 19th, 2010
8:35 pm

Observations:
I have been saying, like of lot of folks here, that Norwood is a problem.
Sam Baker is a guard.
Matt Ryan made a few overthrows…I guess that’s bad news for the haters.

The team looked good today.
They responded well to the loss at Pittsburgh.

Jimmy

September 19th, 2010
8:43 pm

Snelling had a great day.
Hopefully he’ll keep this up so that we can trade him for value at the end of the season.

truth

September 19th, 2010
8:45 pm

Some of you are just idiots. We lose and your ready to fire everyone. We man handled a team and some want to make it as we barely won this one. I’m not saying we are headed for the superbowl but dag you just don’t score 41 points and any team in the NFL unlless you out right dominate. Not to mention the dfemse only giving up seven points.

truth

September 19th, 2010
8:47 pm

With the way Matt played Jimmy just couldn’t resist saying Matt “made a few overthrows.” Every QB in the NFL does that on occasion. My goodness “fans” what exactly do you want?

Falcons10

September 19th, 2010
8:51 pm

Michael turner is a beast, Snelling should be used before norwood, but turner was averaging like 8 yards per touch before he got out there. I would still feature the burner for most carries especially goal line. I really hope the falcons don’t go to a time share.

Mountain Falcon

September 19th, 2010
8:56 pm

Lets take down the Aint’s next week!!!!!

PMC

September 19th, 2010
9:06 pm

well, I thoroughly enjoyed it Today. I hope everyone’s groin is ok.

Falcon Jim

September 19th, 2010
9:13 pm

Yup, PMC, it had me all puckered up and ready for next week. Can’t wait !

hiram, you out there buddy ? ? ?

truth

September 19th, 2010
9:17 pm

hiram’s mom is making him spary his Buzz Lightyear underware with shout because he stained them when he realized his team will have to face out defense next week and crapped all over himsef. Then she mad him go to bed early without supper.

Falcon Jim

September 19th, 2010
9:23 pm

Poor hiram…………………………HA!