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Before the Turner frenzy begins, consider these cautionary RB tales

After years as LT's backup, Michael Turner figures to enjoy a free-agent bonanza soon. But teams should recall other backup RBs who had middling results once they became starters elsewhere.

Originally Published: December 22, 2007
By Aaron Schatz | Football Outsiders.com

San Diego running back Michael Turner probably won't play against the Denver Broncos on "Monday Night Football" (ESPN, 8 ET) because of a shoulder injury.

In fact, it is possible he has played his final game for the Chargers. Last offseason, no team was willing to give up a first- and third-round pick to sign Turner as a restricted free agent. The Chargers decided not to trade him so they'd have an insurance policy in case LaDainian Tomlinson got injured.

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