Falcons running back Michael Turner apologizes for arrest, says he's planning to play Sunday

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer
Michael Turner very well could play Sunday despite DUI and speeding charges. (US PRESSWIRE)

A few hours after the Falcons beat the Broncos on Monday night, Atlanta running back Michael Turner, who essentially sealed the victory by running for a first down late in the fourth quarter, was arrested on DUI and speeding charges.

Though Rapid Reporter Mike Singer asked how Turner's absence would impact the Atlanta offense, it sounds like the answer to that query is: probably not at all, at least for Week 3.

That's because Turner said Wednesday that nobody has told him he isn't playing Sunday and he's preparing like he'll be suiting up.

So, that's some possible good news for Turner and his team, and on Wednesday, Turner began trying to move forward by apologizing for his alleged mistake.

“I'd like to apologize to Mr. [Arthur] Blank, Thomas Dimitroff, Mike Smith and the whole Falcons organization and the fans out there for the situation that I'm in right now,” Turner said, via the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “It was a bad decision on my part. I can't say too much about it in detail right now. I'm just trying to move forward from here.”

Turner was asked why he didn't call a cab or the car service provided by the team, and he said he wasn't sure.

“Any time that you're in a situation like this, you don't want this to happen,” Turner said. “You try to keep a clean slate throughout your whole life like everyone else. Unfortunately, this happened and I just have to move forward … I don't think that anybody is more disappointed than myself. I just have to man up, talk to everybody and face it.

“I'm just taking it day-by-day. I'm around the guys right now and they are keeping me encouraged and telling me to keep my head up and take it day by day.”

As the AJC notes, Turner now will enter the league's substance abuse as a first-time offender.

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