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Sunday, September 23, 2012
Michael Turner expected to start

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Despite being arrested this past week for DUI, Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner still is expected to start at running back Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, a team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Turner said last week he expected to play, as no one had told him otherwise.

Turner was pulled over by police in suburban Gwinnett County around 5 a.m. Tuesday -- just hours after scoring a touchdown in Atlanta's 27-21 win over Denver. Police say he was clocked doing 97 mph in a 65-mph zone and booked him into jail on a DUI charge after a field-sobriety test.

"I shouldn't have been in this situation to begin with," Turner said Wednesday. "I've got to learn from it."

The arrest came after a slow start to the season for the 30-year-old Turner, who has rushed for more than 1,300 yards in three of his four seasons with the Falcons. The only exception was 2009, when he was limited to 11 games because of injuries.

This season, Turner has rushed for just 74 yards in the first two games, averaging a paltry 2.6 yards per carry while struggling to find holes and break tackles. Against the Broncos, he had just 27 yards on 16 carries until breaking off a 15-yard gain with his final run of the night.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.