INJURY REPORT: Michael Turner returns to practice

Nov. 13, 2011 - Atlanta: Atlanta Falcons Michael Turner gets past Saints Will Smith for a first down during 1st half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011.   Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Nov. 13, 2011 - Atlanta: Atlanta Falcons Michael Turner gets past Saints Will Smith for a first down during 1st half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons running back Michael Turner, who has a groin injury, returned to practice on Friday.

Turner, the team’s leading rusher with 1,129 yards, was considered limited, but is expected to start on Monday against the New Orleans Saints.

Wide receiver Kerry Meier, a key special teams player, did not practice because of a groin injury and was added to the injury report.

Cornerback Kelvin Hayden (toe), running back Jason Snelling (not injury related) and linebacker Stephen Nicholas (toe) did not practice.

Coach Mike Smith said he expects Snelling to play on Monday.

Cornerback Brent Grimes (knee), left tackle Will Svitek (groin) and wide receiver Harry Douglas (groin) were limited, but all are expected to play on Sunday, according to Smith.

Defensive end John Abraham, tight end Tony Gonzalez and center Todd McClure returned to practice and were full participates.  They were rested by Smith on Thursday.

Cornerback Christopher Owens, who has a right hand injury, also fully participated in practice.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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28 comments Add your comment

Kevin

December 23rd, 2011
2:33 pm

“Cornerback Brent Grimes (knee), left tackle Will Svitek (groin) and wide receiver Harry Douglas (groin) were limited, but all are expected to play on Sunday, according to Smith.”

We play on Monday.

NucelarJim

December 23rd, 2011
2:37 pm

Hey DOL, check the schedule. It’s Monday dawggy. And while your at it, tell Grimes, Svitek and Douglas too.

[...] Douglas (groin) were limited, but all are expected to play on Sunday, according to Smith. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution [...]

atlnative

December 23rd, 2011
2:46 pm

Let’s go Atlanta falcons!Beat the New Orleans Saints like a drum!I hate the Saints!

Thrasher Fan

December 23rd, 2011
3:01 pm

Did they move the game to Christmas day?!! I thought it was a MNF game. :(

Rikus

December 23rd, 2011
3:08 pm

Are they just giving Stephen Nicholas extra rest? Is he still expected to play?

I doubt we’ll see Hayden this week… oh well, at least get healthy for the playoffs, we’ll need you!

Big Dude

December 23rd, 2011
3:14 pm

Picky, Picky, Picky. You should know by now this is typical DOL. You are emphasizing DOL; Put the emphasis on the Falcons… Rise UP!

markie mark

December 23rd, 2011
3:33 pm

All these groin injuries…..do we need to get girls bikes for the sideline warmup bicycle?

Jo Jo

December 23rd, 2011
3:58 pm

Does anyone at AJC proof this stuff before he hits send. He’ll probably catch the Sunday flight back to Atlanta thinking there was no game.

Pandora

December 23rd, 2011
4:17 pm

Rikus…the FalCANTS will not go to the playoffs so you don’t have to worry about that. :)

Geaux Saints! :)

Pandora

December 23rd, 2011
4:18 pm

atlnative…your feelings will be totally destroyed Monday night! We are going to beat you all like you stole something! Who Dat???? !!! :)

Derek

December 23rd, 2011
4:35 pm

Curtis Lofton has been limited in his last two practices with an ankle injury. Is he fully anticipated to play on MNF vs the Saints? Any response before 12/24/11 @ 1pm would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and Merry Christmas to all this weekend!

double b

December 23rd, 2011
4:38 pm

PANDORA–GIVE IT A REST

BayouDawg

December 23rd, 2011
5:07 pm

Saints fans are the most clueless people on earth. Always running around saying, “Who Dat?”

hiramsaint

December 23rd, 2011
5:49 pm

kind of like the way we said it to the dawgs in the sec blowout?

Falclone

December 23rd, 2011
7:34 pm

The Falcons “No Huddle” offense should have the overwieght DL’s panting dearly in the second and 4th quarter, at which time the Falcons will RISE UP!!!

hiramsaint

December 23rd, 2011
7:52 pm

whatever- in the end it will be the saints by 17 on mnf !

CuseFalcon

December 24th, 2011
3:48 am

Hiram Saint….I am not sure I understand why you feel the need to be on these message boards. I think you are just mean spirited. These boards are for Falcon fans…and although I think anyone should be able to post…..I think it just stinks that you feel the need to be on there just to get people all stirred up. Very sad. Now go ahead with your childish response and insults that are surely to come after you read this comment.

Mister.Earl

December 24th, 2011
4:29 am

For the past two weeks, Brees has been perfect with his short middle passes. He threw 12/12 vs. Tennessee and 10/10 vs. Minnesota, including all five TD passes.

Mikey

December 24th, 2011
8:52 am

I wonder why the league is experiencing so many groin and hamstring injuries? This has to be related to year round conditioning or something. DOL, it would be good to see if anybody knows what is going on? Athletes are always susceptible to these but every team in the league seems to have an unusually large rash of these injuries… maybe they quit working out in the off season or the new practice rules open them up for these… any ideas? It is really good to see Grimes on the field again. I can’t wait to see this game…. GO FALCONS! Rise UP!

hiramsaint

December 24th, 2011
10:02 am

@ curse failclown- i see you’are up at 3:48 or is it you just caught a cab ride home from your boyfriends? or is it that you’re sweating the fact that your lowly team may have to wait ’till the last game to possibly scratch yourselves in to the postseason. no matter either way ’cause the saints win by 17 on mnf and the fail-cons go home losers and smitty spends the week in the hospital after his team beats him silly for another monumentally stupid call. have a nice day !

joe

December 24th, 2011
10:35 am

hiramsaint I see you are on the falcons site at 7:52 PM 23 Dec, and 10:02 AM 24 Dec. your not a saints fan your a falcons fan. Welcome

Mister.Earl

December 24th, 2011
10:40 am

TV Time

Offensive linemen rave about the way Pierre Thomas “sets up blocks.” That doesn’t just mean having the patience to wait for the blocks to develop. But it actually means running to specific spots to guide the defenders into traffic.

Plus, Jahri Evans said, it’s just plain fun to block for screen passes.

“Me and Carl (Nicks), we like to get out there on those screens. We like to get running, and it’s just open space,” Evans said. “We get out there, we get to our block, and it can go to the house. Then we get on TV, too.”

hiramsaint

December 24th, 2011
11:18 am

joe- if i was then the failclowns would be winners.

vesaversa

December 24th, 2011
11:39 am

I expect them all to be back on the dame field ready to play them Saints . Because this is where we separate the men from the boys the underachiever from the elite teams in the NFL .It would be a great late Christmas gifts to the Falcons fans if they could pull this one off .

Merry Christmas

Mister.Earl

December 24th, 2011
12:10 pm

What am I missing? Payton and Brees are 9-2 against the Falcons since they arrived in New Orleans.

One of those losses included a missed, potential game-winning, 29 yd fg by Garrett Hartley.

Noneya

December 24th, 2011
2:26 pm

shoshanna

December 24th, 2011
10:36 pm

Thanks a lot intended for some other welcome publish. Keep rocking!