Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Billy Turner, a third round draft pick out of North Dakota State, has been battling a turf toe injury coupled with a bone bruise over the past several weeks. Today, he returned to practice and started to get back into the swing of things.
“It felt good,” Turner said. “I wouldn’t say I’m full speed by any means right now, but it felt good to get back out there and everything felt good. I’m trying to get my timing back in my pass (protection). Coming back from a week and half off at the offensive line position trying to get your timing back and certain stuff takes a little bit, but I was pleased.”
Turner was said to be in the mix for a starting position on the offensive line but his injury set him back for some time. It's possible that he jumps in at some point at left guard during the season as his run blocking is one of the best on the team. He still needs to work on his fundamentals in the passing game though and that's the only area that's holding him back at this point.
However, Joe Philbin doesn't seem in any hurry to rush him back and get him back in the mix for the starting job.
“We’ll see how he does tomorrow, see how he feels tomorrow, and take it one day at a time,” Philbin said. “He’s done some good things. He’s made a lot of progress since the start of camp, so we’ll watch the tape and see what we think.”