The Atlanta Falcons are coming off an impressive 27-21 win over the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football to improve their record to 2-0 on the 2012 season. However, the Falcons have a mess of their own to deal with after Michael Turner was pulled over and charged with DUI.
Apparently, Turner was caught driving 97 mph in a 65 mph zone just hours after Monday’s game ended and was released from jail early Tuesday on $2,179 bond. While details continue to emerge from this incident, this is the last thing Atlanta needs to deal with heading into Week 3.
Despite recording 42 rushing yards to go along with one touchdown in the first quarter, Turner’s 2012 season hasn’t gotten off to the best start as he’s only rushed for 74 yards over the first two weeks. At 30, the Falcons hope this isn’t a sign that Turner may be on the decline of his career considering he’s posted 1,300+ rushing yards in three of the previous four seasons.
Either way, poor decision like this on Turner’s end just jeopardizes his career even more and it should be interesting to see how the Falcons handle this situation. With the amount of potential Atlanta has to make a strong run at the playoffs, it will be important to have a strong running attack to go along with their passing unit.
NFL players have plenty of money to hire a driver if needed for these types of situations–so let’s hope Turner makes better decisions the next time he decides to go out for drinks and needs transportation.
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