Falcons RB Turner hurts ankle

Updated: November 15, 2009, 6:37 PM ET
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

There was no definitive news after Sunday's game on Atlanta running back Michael Turner's injured ankle.

"They still have to look it some more,'' Turner said after the Falcons' 28-19 loss to the Panthers. "They don't even know yet. We've got a long bus ride home.''

Turner rolled the ankle when he was tackled at the end of a 10-yard run that gave him 111 yards on just nine carries. He took off his shoe and walked around some before heading inside.

The Associated Press reported that Turner suffered a sprain.

After the game, Turner walked out of the Atlanta locker room wearing a boot on his right ankle. Falcons coach Mike Smith said the team's medical staff will take a closer look at Turner's ankle Monday.

"I think we'll have a lot better idea when we get him back to Atlanta," Smith said.

With Turner out, backup Jason Snelling had to play almost the entire second half. Jerious Norwood, who began the season as the primary backup, was not active Sunday because of an injury.

Team officials didn't want to speculate on what might happen if it's determined Turner will be out for a long period. But they indicated there is some hope Norwood could return to action soon.

One scenario that's sure to be floated by fans is the possibility of the Falcons pursuing Larry Johnson, who was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs last week. But general manager Thomas Dimitroff downplayed that idea.

"Not at this time,'' Dimitroff said.

Pat Yasinskas covers the NFC South for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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