The Falcons were still awaiting word on the severity of running back Michael Turner's ankle sprain, but Justin Tuck isn't exactly sitting on the edge of his seat for it.
Tuck said he anticipates Turner playing Sunday, even after sitting out the second half of Atlanta's 28-19 loss to Carolina. Turner, an explosive back, had nine carries for 111 yards before his second-quarter departure.
"I expect him to play, honestly," Tuck said. "Until he's ruled completely out, we'll prepare as if he's going to play."
Turner ranks seventh among NFL running backs with 831 yards on 165 carries (5.0 average) and 10 touchdowns. Those TDs rank him third behind Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew (12) and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson (11). Losing Turner obviously would put a huge crimp in a Falcons running game that ranks ninth in the league with a 126.1-yard average.