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Former NIU running back Turner released

Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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In this Dec. 9, 2012 file photo, Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) sits on the bench before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. The Falcons have released Turner, defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson The moves were announced Friday, by a team that came up just short of the Super Bowl.

Former Northern Illinois running back Michael Turner was released by the Atlanta Falcons on Friday.

Turner was set to make $5.5 million next season and was cut along with cornerback Dunta Robinson and defensive end John Abraham to save the Falcons salary-cap space.

Turner, 31, was limited to only 800 rushing yards last season and averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry while dealing with injuries. He had rushed for more than 1,300 yards in three of four seasons as a Falcon.

In 2012, the Falcons gave more playing time and touches to RB Jacquizz Rodgers and finished the season at 13-3.

Turner rushed for a career-high 1,699 yards in 2008.

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