FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Its been a rough start to the season for two of the most productive running backs in the NFL over the last five seasons, Atlantas Michael Turner and Tennessees Chris Johnson.
Between 2008 and 2011, no running back gained more rushing yards than Johnsons 5,645 a crown, at this rate, that hell have trouble keeping on his head when the 2012 season has ended.
For his part, Turner has made two All-Pro teams but a third trip is in no way in the offing if current trends continue. Adding to Turners on-field woes, he was arrested early on Tuesday morning on suspicion of DUI following the Falcons 27-21 victory over Denver.
Neither player has surpassed the 100-yard mark and thats for the season. While there might be mitigating factors, the signs are ominous for both players and reinforce the trend that running backs wear out about as fast as a set of new tires. Accordingly, teams ought to be wary of devoting key resources whether big contracts that eat up salary cap ...