Michael Turner back at full speed

August, 23, 2011
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Like a lot of NFL teams, the Atlanta Falcons can be pretty tight-lipped about injuries. But sometimes the full truth comes out after the fact.

In this radio interview, running back Michael Turner admitted that he was bothered by a groin injury almost all of last season. Turner still rushed for 1,371 yards and 12 touchdowns, but said he first suffered the injury in Week 2 against Arizona.

‘It got to the point where I was use to running like that,’’ Turner said. "I needed a special wrap every week to help me run, but it is what it is. It is football. Everybody is not 100 percent. That’s not the plan. I just take it is as that and wait until the offseason to get it fixed.’’

Turner hasn’t been able to match his numbers from 2008 when he ran for 1,699 yards and 17 touchdowns, but he doesn’t pay attention when people suggest he’s slowing down.

‘You can’t listen to what everyone says about you,’’ Turner said. ‘Everybody doesn’t know the truth. I just stayed focused at football and helped my team win every week.”

Turner said he’s healthy now and feels fresh. He might even get a little bit of a lighter load this year. The Falcons already had Jason Snelling as Turner’s primary backup. But they drafted Jacquizz Rodgers, who looks like he could be used as a change-of-pace back.

“He’s a little guy that packs a lot of punch. He can get the tough yardage. He’s not a guy who takes the ball and bounces away. He’s been a very patient runner and he doesn’t just run through a hole that gets closed up very quick. He sets up his blocks well and he’s going to be a good kid.”

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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