Atlanta Falcons To Limit Michael Turner's Carries

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Just like the picture above, the Atlanta Falcons have stated that they plan to keep the ball out of running back Michael Turner's hands in the upcoming season.

Even Turner has accepted as much.

"Might be a little more passing than normal, than what Falcons fans have been used to." Turner told reporters outside of OTA's.

Falcons fans have definitely seen their share of the run game. Turner has ranked first, first and second in the NFL in carries over his last four full seasons. 

And last season, the Burner's heavy workload took its toll. 

Over Atlanta's first 10 games, Turner lived up to his nickname, averaging 4.78 yards per carry and having multiple 20+ yard carries. 

Over the last six games of the 2011-2012 season—including the playoffs—Turner averaged a paltry 3.24 yards per carry and didn't notch a single carry over 20 yards. That number, of course, excludes the Week 17 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs defense packed it in long before Week 17.

So while some may simply look at Turner's final numbers (1,340 yards, 11 TDs, 4.5 YPC) and claim that the 30-year-old back still has gas left in the tank, his overall performance exposes the truth. Turner is no longer a featured back in the NFL and is committing a felony by accepting his $5 million payday next season. 

The Falcons cannot rely on Turner to carry the offense next season, and they know it. It wouldn't be surprising if Turner is asked—and does—accept a pay-cut before he accepts a handoff.  

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Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

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Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

For years Cedric has researched and written about legal issues but maintained a love for sports. With FieldandCourt.com, he's combining his two passions: researching and writing about sports. When he's not in court arguing a case before a judge (or writing about himself in the third person), he'll be doing the same with his articles on FieldandCourt.com. Follow me, er, him on Twitter (opens in a new window).