- The Washington Times - Monday, November 16, 2009

From combined dispatches

Atlanta running back Michael Turner’s hot start was derailed Sunday when he left in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle in the Falcons’ 28-19 loss to Carolina.

Coach Mike Smith said Turner will undergo tests Monday to determine whether he will be out an extended period.

“I think we’ll have a lot better idea when we get him back to Atlanta,” Smith said.

Turner entered the weekend seventh in the NFL in rushing and had surpassed 100 yards early in the second quarter against the Panthers. But he rolled his ankle while being tackled at the end of a 10-yard run near the goal line.

Turner took off his shoe and walked around some on the sideline before walking to the locker room. He didn’t return, finishing with 111 yards on just nine carries, and said after the game he didn’t know how long he would be out.

EAGLES: Running back Brian Westbrook was knocked out of Sunday’s loss to San Diego with another concussion. He had missed the previous two games after a concussion during a win against Washington on Oct. 26.

“In these types of situations, football is secondary,” coach Andy Reid said. “You’ve got to look at this kid and for his future, and make sure everything’s OK for him before he gets back out there.”

His last carry was during the opening drive of the second half

STEELERS: Safety Troy Polamalu reinjured his left knee early in Sunday’s 18-12 loss to Cincinnati and was undergoing tests as game ended.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Polamalu was undergoing an MRI exam. Polamalu missed four games earlier with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee before returning Oct. 18 against Cleveland.

Polamalu apparently was injured tackling Cedric Benson during Cincinnati’s opening possession, which ended with Shayne Graham’s missed 51-yard field goal attempt.

DOLPHINS: Miami lost its leading rusher and triggerman of most of its Wildcat plays when Ronnie Brown left with a right ankle injury.

Brown was hurt on a running play on which he lost a fumble in the third quarter. He rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown before his injury.

SEAHAWKS: Running back Julius Jones left Sunday’s game against Arizona early in the first quarter with a broken rib.

Seahawks coach Jim Mora said after the game that Jones would spend the night in a local hospital as a precaution.

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