Michael Turner hasn't exactly had the best start to a season so far in 2012. He was limited to just 11 carries in the opening week and while he followed that up with a 42 yard, one touchdown performance on Monday night against the Denver Broncos, things will be getting a little more difficult for the nine year pro. Early Tuesday morning, Turner was arrested and charged with DUI and speeding.
The 30-year-old rusher was pulled over after police say they saw him going 97 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. Turner was driving his Audi R8 sports car at the time of the incident and upon questioning by police at the scene and a subsequent failed drug test; he was taken to Gwinnett County Jail and booked just after 5 a.m. ET.
The way NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been cracking down on behavior detrimental to the league off the field, I wouldn't be surprised to see Turner get suspended or fined heavily for this incident. While the fact that he was driving while drunk and excessively speeding are terrible things, fans may begin to question whether Turner can be trusted enough to lead the team to the Super Bowl. His lack of judgment is easily seen following the arrest and any possible punishment the league hands down to him would be deserving, but it does nothing but hurt the team.
In a sport where it is impossible to win without the help of your teammates, Turner's arrest and any possible suspension from the league will hurt the Falcons. Atlanta is off to a 2-0 start and many believe this could be the year the team wins a Super Bowl. With the NFC South being one of the toughest in the league, a single loss could be the difference between competing in the playoffs and watching from home. I understand that everyone makes mistakes, but should Goodell suspend the running back and the Falcons lose that game, Turner better hope it doesn't cost the team a playoff spot or he may never be respected by the fans in Atlanta again.
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Hobson Lopes is a fan of the Atlanta Falcons, thanks to Deion Sanders and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.