Flowery Branch — Hanging around the Falcons, waiting for Mike Smith’s 3 p.m. press briefing, and I figured I’d pass along a couple of nuggets in the interim.
First, The Falcons are not going to pursue Larry Johnson to fill a need at running back. “I had a bunch of text messages about that last night,” Thomas Dimitroff said, smiling.
And his response to those? “Absolutely not.”
Two things about that: Johnson, who just got bounced out of Kansas City for ripping his coach and making insenitive Tweets via Twitter, is the antithesis of what the Falcons want in a player. Even if the Falcons were down to no running backs, Johnson wouldn’t be the man they’d call.
And now the other thing: The Falcons are acting as if they don’t believe Michael Turner will be out long. There has been no official prognosis announced, but they’re mindful he had a high ankle sprain earlier in his career and seemed to heal expeditiously.
Again, Smith figures to have more details, but if I had to guess I’d say the Falcons are thinking Turner will be out two or three weeks, as opposed to a month or more. Again, though, let me emphasize that’s me speculating.
Back later with more. Anybody want anything from Chick-fil-A?