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Turner wonders whether Jets targeted his ankle

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner returned to the lineup today. But not for long.

Turner re-aggravated his ankle injury on his first carry when New York Jets safety Jim Leonhard hit Turner’s ankle with his helmet. After the game, Turner was left wondering whether Leonhard did it intentionally.

“I’m not in their minds so I’m not going to say what they are trying to do,” Turner said. “That’s what it looks like, but I’ve got to expect it. I was just hoping that my ankle was strong enough to take it.”

Turner was particularly disappointed to get hurt on the first play because he felt in pre-game warm-ups like his ankle was as strong as it’s been since he originally hurt it five weeks ago.

“I felt good,” Turner said. “That’s why I was out there and ready to go. I wanted to go out there and play the game, but an unfortunate situation happened.”

Turner now says he has to “start all over again” with rehabbing the ankle. But even though there are only two more games left and the Falcons are eliminated from playoff contention, he says he’s hoping his season isn’t over.

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20 Responses to “Turner wonders whether Jets targeted his ankle”
  1. Beastie Bills says: Dec 20, 2009 8:34 PM

    Why the hell was he playing in the first place. If they have no shot of making the playoffs, they have no business putting their franchise RB out there a week after he re-injured his ankle.

  2. Stinger9 says: Dec 20, 2009 8:36 PM

    keep moving along folks, nothing to read here

  3. pitt says: Dec 20, 2009 8:47 PM

    Jets are dirty, nuff’ said.

  4. TFBuckFutter says: Dec 20, 2009 9:02 PM

    What a surprise. A former Raven, playing for a former Raven coach, would do something despicable and dirty.
    Bet Leonhard earned himself a few extra Gs in his paycheck from Rex Buttertits.

  5. footballisfun says: Dec 20, 2009 9:04 PM

    Take note Indianapolis Colts

  6. papaplunk says: Dec 20, 2009 9:29 PM

    Yes Michael, they were targeting your injury. It’s what they (football players) do.

  7. geek says: Dec 20, 2009 9:45 PM

    OF COURSE THEY DID, AND SO WOULD ANY OTHER TEAM! They knew it was tender, they knew that his being out of the game would improve their chances of winning. If you don’t like it, go watch baseball or tennis. Making such an accusation sound like the Baltimore Ravens griping about dirty play by their opponent, or bad officiating while making public threats about targeting players they don’t like.
    Before anyone goes off accusing me of being a Jets homer, Im a Patriots fan. That translates into hating the Jets as much as I love my own team. But I don’t care if they did target Turner’s ankle. If he didn’t want that to happen, he shouldn’t have played!

  8. promin1 says: Dec 20, 2009 10:21 PM

    Its football you bunch of pussies. Ofcourse they targeted his ankle. And anyone here that wouldn’t of is bitch and shouldn’t even be watching the game. You don’t like violence then go watch figure skating.

  9. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 20, 2009 10:25 PM

    I wonder if a player on the defense had a sore shoulder would Turner try to lay a helmet or shoulder into him at that very spot…. Nooooooooooo.

  10. RWFV says: Dec 20, 2009 10:38 PM

    Why is he playing? Does he have a contract incentive that would kick in or something?

  11. tigerlilac says: Dec 20, 2009 10:51 PM

    The Jets have a history of questionable personnel decisions and the last two years have been no exception.
    Last year, with Tom Brady out for the season, the Jets had an opportunity to win the division but, alas, they had let Chad Pennington go to a division rival in the offseason. Pennington goes on to be the comeback player of the year, leading the Dolphins to the playoffs.
    They let Brett Favre go and blame him for a sub-par second-half of 2007. Favre responds with an MVP-type year and should lead his team to a first-round playoff bye.
    Despite the fact that there are a number of prominent coaches with experience available, the Jets hire a head coach with no head coaching experience. Rex Ryan exhibits signs that he’s on an emotional rollercoaster, claiming a week-two game against the Patriots is their Super Bowl and breaking down in tears when the team runs into some adversity.
    They trade-up high in the first-round pick to “franchise” quarterback who is short and emotional. They don’t groom him for the job, they throw him to the wolves who eat him alive.
    Why do Jet fans expect their prospects will change in 2010?

  12. ButchD says: Dec 20, 2009 10:55 PM

    i read the headline and though, ah, they were just tackling him. then i saw it was Leonhard, who has always been a bit of dirty player so i’d say yeah, he was trying to injur ehis ankle

  13. famucancer says: Dec 20, 2009 11:30 PM

    The Falcons are playing for moral victories, that’s why he was playing. That’s what they are posting on the Falcons message board and what the hometown paper is boasting about. A good “character building” win!! LOL!! Nevermind that Turner just hurt his ankle AGAIN for nothing.

  14. Brewster says: Dec 20, 2009 11:56 PM

    Is the Falcon’s coaching & medical staff that stupid that they would let a player play, a second time no less, before he is fully recovered from an injury?
    A rhetorical question, as the answer is obviously hell yes they’re that stoopid.

  15. mrzazz41387 says: Dec 21, 2009 12:46 AM

    tigerlilac: What does your anti Jet rant have to do with anything? Hindsight is 20 20. If they knew their hall of fame QB would get hurt halfway into the season, would they have still gotten him. If they knew he wanted to return for another season, do you think they would have released Favre? Rex turned a good defense, into the number 1 defense in the NFL. With that said, you my friend are an idiot.

  16. ArtieLange says: Dec 21, 2009 1:21 AM

    famucancer says:
    December 20, 2009 11:30 PM
    The Falcons are playing for moral victories, that’s why he was playing
    The Falcons are trying to have back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history.

  17. Adam says: Dec 21, 2009 3:32 AM

    Why do Jet fans expect their prospects will change in 2010?
    With the belief that Sanchez will improve during the offseason. Defense is awesome. Running game is great. Special teams is USUALLY good. The passing game…yeah, needs improvement
    Plus, Rex will have a full year under his enormous belt as a head coach.
    Mock draft says they’ll take an OL.
    go giants, go jets

  18. GtuddaC says: Dec 21, 2009 8:04 AM

    tigerlilac says:
    December 20, 2009 10:51 PM
    The Jets have a history of questionable personnel decisions and the last two years have been no exception.
    Last year, with Tom Brady out for the season, the Jets had an opportunity to win the division but, alas, they had let Chad Pennington go to a division rival in the offseason. Pennington goes on to be the comeback player of the year, leading the Dolphins to the playoffs.
    They let Brett Favre go and blame him for a sub-par second-half of 2007. Favre responds with an MVP-type year and should lead his team to a first-round playoff bye.
    Despite the fact that there are a number of prominent coaches with experience available, the Jets hire a head coach with no head coaching experience. Rex Ryan exhibits signs that he’s on an emotional rollercoaster, claiming a week-two game against the Patriots is their Super Bowl and breaking down in tears when the team runs into some adversity.
    They trade-up high in the first-round pick to “franchise” quarterback who is short and emotional. They don’t groom him for the job, they throw him to the wolves who eat him alive.
    Why do Jet fans expect their prospects will change in 2010?
    ————————————————-
    Do you watch football? Pennington can not throw consistently for 8 games in the Meadowlands. Furthoermore, as you were typing this, Farve is having his usual meltdown. Farve is not a MVP candidate, and the Vikings arent gonna get that bye. Hell, they’ll probably lose in the first round.
    And for the sake of your argument, they got rid of Chad, for your “mvp candidate” Farve, so that was an upgrade by your definiton….What are you really saying?

  19. DarkHorse81 says: Dec 21, 2009 8:59 AM

    Adam says:
    December 21, 2009 3:32 AM
    Why do Jet fans expect their prospects will change in 2010?
    With the belief that Sanchez will improve during the off season. Defense is awesome. Running game is great. Special teams is USUALLY good. The passing game…yeah, needs improvement
    Plus, Rex will have a full year under his enormous belt as a head coach.
    Mock draft says they’ll take an OL.
    That’s why the J-E-T-S underachieve every freaking year because the coaching staff thinks like the fans do, O-Line are you kidding me the J-E-T-S have one of the best O-Line in the NFL pay attention your team needs some one to catch the damn ball.

  20. tigerlilac says: Dec 21, 2009 4:54 PM

    Jets fans, past is prologue, but I have to give you credit for your unyielding optimism.
    mrzazz41387, the jet’s best coach since Weeb was fond of saying: “You are what you are.” Feel free to call me an idiot, but I am not dressing up like a fireman and yelling “J-E-T-S, J-E-T-S, J-E-T-S” every home game.

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