Mughelli’s injury could hurt resurgent run attack

Falcons RB Michael Turner tries to break through the tackle of Lions DB Amari Spievey. (Associated Press)

Falcons RB Michael Turner tries to break through the tackle of Lions DB Amari Spievey. (Associated Press)

Detroit — The Falcons posted back-to-back victories for the first time this season by leaning on their rushing attack, which suffered a major setback as Pro Bowl fullback Ovie Mughelli suffered a knee injury.

He left the game in the fourth quarter and did not return. He was on crutches after the game but appeared to be in good spirits. His long-term diagnosis was not revealed by the team.

The Falcons were determined to run the ball on the Lions, who entered the game giving up 5.2 yards per carry, ranking 31st in the league.

The Falcons ran the ball 31 times for 129 yards (4.2 per carry). Running back Michael Turner ran for 122 yards on 27 carries. It was his fourth 100-yard game of the season.

The Falcons stayed with the run even though Detroit was employing seven, eight and even nine men near the line of scrimmage.

“We had to impose our will,” Turner said. “We can’t just fold and give up on it because they are trying to stop the run. We had to stay consistent with it and push hard. The line was going to get the job done eventually, and they did that today.”

Turner was bottled up for most of the day before busting loose for a 50-yard run late in the third quarter.

“My eyes got big out there,” Turner said. “I knew it was going to come. I didn’t know what the play was. I was just going to have to be ready whenever that big-play opportunity came.”

The Falcons were expecting a tough time against the Lions.

“They are physical in the front four and their linebackers are good,” quarterback Matt Ryan said. “They spill things to their linebackers, and they make tackles. We kept at it. We were able to have a couple of those breakthroughs and have some big gains.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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34 comments Add your comment

brad

October 23rd, 2011
9:47 pm

what’s that smell

Coleman

October 23rd, 2011
9:54 pm

That was a nasty shot to Ovie’s knee. I hope for the best for his recovery.

redrider

October 23rd, 2011
9:58 pm

great win and running game will take a hit with loss of Ovie. Go Falcons!

redrider

October 23rd, 2011
10:06 pm

I know Matty (tough as nails) Ice returned after his injury. Whats the status of his injury?

D-Led and AJC: Let's be fair and consistent

October 23rd, 2011
10:16 pm

After the Green Bay game, the Packers complained about the Falcons dirty play (hits after the whistle etc.). These stories were all over the major sites (ESPN, NFL.com, etc.). D-Led, when it was brought up in the blog, dismissed it as “typical football” or something and there was no mention on AJC.com. But now that Suh allegedly taunted Ryan, it’s all we see on AJC…I mean, really? He said “get the cart” and that warrants wall to wall coverage? Isn’t that just normal stuff, just like the Packer complains, D-Led? All of the Falcons helmet-to-helmet hits, Dunta Robinson’s repeated dirty play…but when the Packers call us on it, narry a word here…yet God help Suh for talking–TALKING–while Ryan was down.

hawesg

October 23rd, 2011
10:20 pm

Snelling isn’t Ovie, but he’ll be a very good weapon at FB. Plus, it might mean more carries and touches for the Quizz Show, which will be a good thing.

Michael M.

October 23rd, 2011
10:54 pm

I thought Ryans ankle got broked …it really looked scary way his foot was but thank goodness something or someone was with him and when that fella came back out onto the field and put that ball in H Douglas hands yah kinda knew we had another Win coming today !

Michael M.

October 23rd, 2011
10:56 pm

Good thing for The Birds is they have some capable talent to fill in for Ovie if he can come back so rest him and let him heal.

JayCool 4DABirds

October 23rd, 2011
11:02 pm

The Birds will be fine!!!! Get well soon Ovie!!!!!

Injury Bug

October 23rd, 2011
11:17 pm

nibble nibble nibble-hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

SCFalcon

October 23rd, 2011
11:56 pm

Now the motor city kitties get to face the greenbay yakers. It will be interesting to see who can trash talk the most.

I’m betting the kitties have seen the best part of thier season.

StevoDeg

October 24th, 2011
12:21 am

Ovie’s a beast and is one of my favorite players. Get well soon man!

DR. FALCON

October 24th, 2011
12:55 am

IT TOOK US A WHILE TO FIGURE THIS THING OUT! JUST GIVE THE BALL TO TURNER AND GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY! IT WORKS! F@#K ALL THAT PRETTY EXPLOSIVE SH@#T! WE ARE WHO WE ARE! IT GOT US TO 13 WINS LAST YEAR! AS FOR OVIE MUGHELI, GOD BLESS HIM, BUT HTE NEXT GUY HAS TO STEP UP! NO EXCUSES!!

Frank Wilson

October 24th, 2011
4:02 am

I am so surprised that none of the negative types are on
here. You know……. the “we’ve got to get rid of Turner, he’s lost a step, he’s fat” and the “Matt Noodle arm Ryan” and the fire Mularkey types.
Yeah, we have GOT to get rid of Turner, Ryan, Mike Smith
and Thomas Dimitrof. If we don’t, we’ll never win.
Man, what a pack of idiots!

Go Falcons!!!

Fred Strickland

October 24th, 2011
7:20 am

No one gave th defense credit. They have stepped up their game. Falcons defense was tuff on Stafford and company. Weems stepped up his game. I think all three, special teams, offense and defense had a good game. I think this was the best game Falcons have played this year. I want to say that we have a few beasts on defense ourselves. Suh is not the only beast in the NFL I think Abe is. and has been for along time. Now we have Spoon and Peters, Moore, and Edwards has started to come on. The game is won with defense. Way to good men, great game.

Fred Strickland

October 24th, 2011
7:32 am

Wins will cure all problem, people are scare of falcons returning to thier old ways. I think the falcons have the most talent on this roster than any before. I am and old falcon fan that loves falcons. Have to give TD the credit for this. He has missed on some draft choices and hit on others. Drafting is not hundred per cent. Looks like he made a steal with PETERS and WALKER. A bust on JERRY. He can’t stay on field. another J. Norwood.

coleski

October 24th, 2011
7:49 am

A good win for the Falcons.

Terrell

October 24th, 2011
8:08 am

@D-Led and AJC: Let’s be fair and consistent

In defense of DOL, he had one sentence about the Detroit players being dirty. Jeff Schultz was the one that wrote more about it. I bet if you read the Detroit paper they won’t talk about how good the Falcons were but more so how bad the Lions were. Also, go find a Green Bay newspaper. I bet they had plenty to say about the “cheap shots” Atlanta took at them. Come on man this is a local newspaper. It’s bad enough that the national news speak bad about us why can’t the people that write about the Falcons be allowed to show some bias? The writers in other cities do that for their teams.

RB

October 24th, 2011
8:15 am

Ovie is big for this team. I hope his injury isn’t serious. Rest and get well soon!

Head-Mo-Fo

October 24th, 2011
8:23 am

We wish you a speedy recovery Ovie!

falconsrelax

October 24th, 2011
9:00 am

The first complete game of the season, see all that passing is what messed us up early. JUST RUN THE ROCK, MM doesn’t know how to call a pass calling game. Give it to turner and dump to gonzalez and roddy with a splash of julio here and there. Im most proud of the defense, defense stepped up big time.

dr

October 24th, 2011
9:23 am

Mr. Strickland, enjoy the post game comments. This is not an english class, just guys swapping sports comments. Guys talking like guys. Its a sports blog. If you have an hang up on grammer you should be reading something else. Save your comments for the class room and keep your arrogance to yourself . Enjoy the sports talk, man!!! Falcon won!!!

dr

October 24th, 2011
9:26 am

opps,my comment was meant for mr. Frank Wilson

Big Mike

October 24th, 2011
9:44 am

Falcons that’s the way to step up; enjoy the win and let’s get ready to play Falcon football. MM open up the offense, your team is ready to take the next step. The players who are on the kick of team and punt return : Do you not know not to block from the rear.

Ivan

October 24th, 2011
9:58 am

Ovie made a twitter post saying he’s ok and looks to be back very soon. Hopefully, he’s right and the MRI checks out minimal.

SamIam

October 24th, 2011
10:30 am

Bye week and Indy at the right time. Get well, Abriham, Ryan, Baker, Jones, Ovie…and anyone else I missed.

cdog

October 24th, 2011
10:35 am

MARK BRADLEY’S FAVORITE TEAM,THE GREEN BAY PACKERS, HAVE NO ROOM TO COMPLAIN ABOUT ANYTHING.THEY WERE GIFT WRAPPED THE GAME BY THE GAME OFFICIALS.ATLANTA WERE PUT IN PREDICTABLE POSITIONS BY THE OFFICIALS TO TEE OFF ON MATT RYAN. THEY LATE HIT HIM ALNIGHT LONG AND WERE NEVER FLAGGED.IF THE FALCONS WOULD HAVE LATE HIT RODGERS, THE OFFICIALS WOULD HAVE FLAGGED THE BIRDS IMMEDIATELY.RIGHT WILL WIN OUT IN THE END THOUGH.THE PACKERS WON’T EXPERIENCE ANY MORE VICTORIES AGAINST THE FALCONS THIS SEASON BECAUSE THEY WILL BE BEATEN BY THE FALCONS IF THEY PLAY THEM AGAIN

Die Hard Falcon

October 24th, 2011
11:13 am

Awesome win for the Falcons! And to those asking for “Fair and consistent”, go to an NFL.com blog or a Packers/Lions blog, this is for the Falcons, and we’re not a dirty team. We don’t run up the score on opponents or slap the backs of opposing coaches when we win or cry about it when they do it to us and chase them down the tunnel. We have a class organization from top to bottom. The packers are going to get beat, their defense isn’t that good.

There’s a big difference between playing physical w/ a soft yet talented team like GB Pack and talking trash to an injured player like apparently the dirty lions did.

I will be so happy to see the packers lose, their heads are getting too big and as the saying goes “pride comes before a fall”

Go Falcons!!!

Preston Thompson

October 24th, 2011
12:47 pm

Now don’t take this a bitching, but just watching the game got me to a question. When Turner run latterally, why is he so easy to go down? That first down Rogers got and the little pass from Matty, how did a 5′6″ back break two tackles and push his way across the marker? I just don’t think Turner runs tough enough. Say like Richardson at Alabama. I know it’s college but it’s still football.

And speaking of Alabama, the last 6 minutes of that game with Tennessee, I saw more class between to football teams than I’ve seen in years and years. Saban and Dooley are really class coaches.

Good win for the Falcons.

Jonesing for Football

October 24th, 2011
2:35 pm

I think the correct quote about pride going is

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Also, the Mr. Grimes earned his money on that one play where he battered the ball away from Johnson with a giant leap. Man that dude has some ups. That play alone made the game worth watching and should have been a top ten highlight!

Keep doing it Falcons, the Bucs have fallen back to you and the Saints will too!

Get Well on the break!

Jonesing for Football

October 24th, 2011
2:36 pm

Proverbs 16:18 NIV

If you don’t believe me…look it up!

falconsrus

October 24th, 2011
4:35 pm

Good comments Bird fans.D-Led Write about our linebackers starting to come on as a unit.
Saints are ripe for the picking (pun intended) GO BIRDS RISE_UP

ringo

October 24th, 2011
7:21 pm

Hey SUH when someone goes for your knees and trust me it is coming. Remember it is just football

hiramsaint

October 24th, 2011
9:28 pm

@ die hard failclown- would your coach taking a swing at an opposings teams db fall into that category? you don’t run up the score because you can’t run up the score and i guess roddy white is the model of conservatism when it comes to trash talk. go get a job , earn a quarter then go buy a clue. no wonder your a failclowns fan!