Michael Turner released by Falcons due to failed physical

3/3/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

After leading the conference in the 2012 regular season and coming off just a game short of a Super Bowl appearance, the Atlanta Falcons were expected to closely assess their glaring needs and mistakes this season. The first of major changes this offseason included the release of running back Michael Turner. According to the NFL’s Friday transaction report, Michael Turner’s release was listed to a “failed physical” by the Atlanta Falcons.
Although Michael Turner struggled with groin and elbow injuries towards the latter half of the regular season, he started all 16 games finishing with 800 rushing yards on 222 carries during the 2012 regular season. Michael Turner appeared in every single game for the Atlanta Falcons over the past three seasons. However, in the NFC championship loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Turner aggravated an ankle injury as he limped off the field in the third quarter and did not return in the game.
The Atlanta Falcons did not release any further information regarding Michael Turner’s ankle injury or whether he underwent offseason surgery.
Although Michael Turner continued to hope to play in some capacity with another NFL team next season, his career-low production of 3.6 yards per carry could make finding a new franchise willing to take the risk a bit difficult. Also, Michael Turner, who had groin surgery following the 2011 season, will have to undergo a team physical test before signing a contract with another club.
With the departure of Michael Turner, the Atlanta Falcons are supposedly considering running back Steve Jackson as a possible replacement at the spot during free agency. Veteran Steve Jackson recently indicated his intentions to void the final year of his contract with the St. Louis Rams, test the free agency waters to sign up with a potential Super Bowl contender for next season.
The Atlanta Falcons had also released defensive end John Abraham and defensive back Dunta Robinson, in moves to clear salary cap space with free agency beginning on March 12.
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