Running back Michael Turner may have more to worry about now besides his less than stellar performance through the first two weeks of the 2012 season. Just a few hours after the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, Turner was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding.
According to records at the Gwinnett County jail, Turner was taken in and booked just after 5 a.m., and was released about two hours later on $2,179 bond.
No details have been released by the Gwinnett County police regarding Turner’s arrest, and no statement from Atlanta Falcons team officials has been scheduled at this time.
Turner could face a possible suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, and could also be facing disciplinary actions from the league office.
Turner played college ball at Northern Illinois, before playing for the San Diego Chargers from 2004 through 2007. He joined the Falcons organization in 2008 and has been the focus of the Atlanta running attack since arriving.
But Turner has already begun to come under heavy criticism in Atlanta, where he has spent the last five years of his NFL career. During Monday night’s game against the Broncos, Turner only rushed for 42 yards on 17 carries. However, he did score his 51st touchdown as a Falcon, breaking a franchise record.
Turner has rushed for only 2.5 yards per carry in 2012, nearly half of his 4.6 career average. There have been questions surrounding both Turner’s weight and loss of speed coming into this season, and several analysts have pointed to a possible changing of the guard at running back to second year man Jacquizz Rodgers.
Check back for updates this story develops.
Update: The Falcons released this statement shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday regarding running back Michael Turner.
“We are aware of the situation involving Michael and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is now a legal matter, the club will have no further comment at this time.”
Update: Falcons head coach Mike Smith was asked to comment on the Michael Turner situation, and made this statement:
“First and foremost, anytime a player sheds negatively on our football team and organization, we are very disappointed. This is a legal matter that it’s very well defined how we have to proceed with it through the League, and we’ll let the process run its course. I’ve spoken with Michael. We’ve had a conversation and like all conversations with my players I would like to keep those internal. He knows that we’re disappointed in the decisions that he made after the ballgame last night.”
Michael Collins is a Rant Sports NFL Network Manager and Atlanta sports columnist. Follow him @GaSportsCraze on Twitter