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Michael Turner back as Falcons’ Mr. Dependable

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Michael Turner is back as a 1,000-yard rusher and is back as Mr. Dependable for the Atlanta Falcons.

Sunday's visit to Carolina provides a reminder of the game that derailed Turner's 2009 season and made this year's comeback necessary.

Turner suffered a high ankle sprain in the Falcons' loss at Carolina last season. He was on pace for a successful year before the injury but limped through the rest of the season, able to play in only parts of two games.

It was a frustrating injury for Turner after his breakthrough 2008 season, when he led Atlanta with 1,699 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns. His production was cut in half last year, prompting some to question if he had been overworked in 2008 and would ever again be a top back.