and Falcons Ready For Patriots
By Site Staff
Quarterback Michael Vick wants to start this week against New England, but Atlanta's franchise cornerstone continues to take a wait-and-see approach with his sore right knee. He participated in a few practice drills for the second straight day. Based on how he feels once he arrives Sunday at the Georgia Dome, Vick will meet with coach Jim Mora and the team's medical staff before reaching a final decision.
"Yeah, it's getting better, and the only way I can tell that is when I go out there and try to do some things on it," Vick said after practice Thursday. "I'm trying to cut and plant a little bit and I can feel if I've progressed or digressed. I feel like today I progressed a little bit."
At least Vick's sprained medial collateral ligament has given Matt Schaub more snaps than he's accustomed to taking with the first-team offense. The extra work means a lot to a second-year quarterback who lost his one career start last season at New Orleans.
"It helps to see the looks that you watch on film," Schaub said. "Seeing them reacting and running their plays as opposed to sitting back with mental reps, watching someone else do it and then have to go in there and run them. I just need to get better and complete more balls, move the chains and be decisive with the football."
Schaub replaced Vick in the second quarter against Minnesota last week. The Falcons led 14-0 when Schaub took charge, and the former Virginia standout helped the offense get in position to score another 16 points.
As for Vick, his best news this week came when X-ray and MRI results were negative. The two-time Pro Bowl selection still can't believe that Erasmus James, the Vikings' rookie end, wasn't called for a late hit. Vick's knee hurt too much for him to spend energy complaining to officials at that time.
"Oh, I was scared, man, because my knee hit the ground so hard," Vick said. "It was a late hit, but they didn't throw a flag. Shocked me, but it hurt me. I was just holding it, hoping that it wasn't as serious as I thought. I was just thankful that it wasn't serious."
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