Falcons not worried about injury to Turner

Written by Chris Kolb

Topics: Atlanta Falcons

When Atlanta’s standout running back Michael Turner hobbled off the field in the second quarter with a groin injury, a collective gasp likely went up among the Falcons’ faithful, as the loss of Turner a year ago was a big part of their inability to make a return trip to the post-season last fall.

But according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, those worries should be short lived, as Turner’s injury doesn’t appear to be serious and he should be fine to play next week.

The only thing the prevented his return to the game today was the stellar play of backup running back Jason Snelling, who rushed for 129 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns, to go along with five catches for 57 yards and another touchdown in Turner’s stead.

“You have to be prepared for your opportunity. When you get your chance, you have to make plays. When a guy goes down, they are not expecting a let-down. They want you to get in there and perform.”

– Atlanta running back Jason Snelling

Fans who are scratching their heads tonight, wondering just who the heck Snelling is would be wise to take a closer look at him, as he’ll likely find his playing time increased somewhat with the numbers he put up this afternoon.

At the very least, the Falcons can rest a bit easier in knowing that if Turner goes down, they have a capable option waiting on the bench.

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