More than 5 months later, Michael Turner '90' percent

Michael Turner isn’t quite all the way back to being the Burner.

Not just yet anyway.

The Atlanta Falcons running back admits that he is still hobbled to a degree by a high-ankle sprain that plagued him last season and eventually shut him down. That has to be at least somewhat concerning considering the Falcons running back has had more than five months since the season ended.

Turner classifies himself at “90” percent, according to Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the hope is he can find that missing 10 percent in the time between now and the beginning of training camp. High-ankle sprains are not injuries to sneeze at, but they’re also not the kind that should affect the following season.

“I’m well enough to play some games and not worry about it,” Turner said. “I’ve had high ankle sprains before but for me to go back out there and keep repeating it and hurting it over and over again, probably made the healing process a little bit longer,” Turner said.

Turner’s statistics last season were actually on pace to outperform the breakout 2008 campaign he had before injuries struck. He tried to play through the ankle issue and simply wasn’t himself/

“I just want to stay healthy,” he said. “I didn’t think I was having a bad season. My yards per carry was still pretty good and I was scoring touchdowns. I just needed more big plays for the team. But other than that, it was rough. It was rough going down like that and getting hurt.”

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