In an anticipated move that could signal Falcons running back Michael Turner will miss Sunday’s game at the New York Giants with an ankle injury, Atlanta is expected to re-sign tailback Aaron Stecker, who was released over the weekend.
Stecker, who the Falcons signed in late October, must clear waivers today, but a source with knowledge of the situation said all signs indicate Stecker will be brought back to add depth to a backfield that figures to be without Turner for at least a week.
Turner sustained an ankle sprain in Atlanta’s 28-19 loss to Carolina Sunday and did not finish the game. Jason Snelling replaced Turner against the Panthers and would start in Turner’s place against the Giants if Turner can’t play.
There has been no official word on the severity of the Turner’s injury or how long he could be out. Coach Mike Smith said testing will be done to evaluate the injury Monday, when he is also expected to address Turner’s status. Running back Jerious Norwood, who has missed the past four games with a hip flexor injury, could also return for the Falcons this week.
Stecker is in his 10th year in the NFL. His most productive season came in 2007, when he rushed for 448 yards and five touchdowns and made six starts for the New Orleans Saints, adding 36 catches for 211 yards.