Mora: Vick is going to be fine come Sunday
Michael Vick
Posted Oct 4, 2005

FLOWERY BRANCH - Don't fret the condition of quarterback Michael Vick's sprained right knee. He's OK.

Atlanta had a two-touchdown lead when Erasmus James knocked Vick down and fell onto his leg. Results of X-rays and an MRI were negative, so head coach Jim Mora believes Vick will be in the lineup when New England visits the Georgia Dome this week.

Because questions to Michael Vick Sunday night were cut off by the team's public relations staff and the quarterback wasn't available to reporters Monday, it's unclear exactly what happened on the play that caused him to fall to the turf and clutch his leg.

Vick walked off the field under his own power, and he remained in uniform the rest of the game. There's a chance Vick might have first injured his leg on the opening drive after he ran around left end and broke off a 23-yard gain.

Unfortunately, Antonio Winfield hit Vick hard and caused him flip halfway over and onto his back. Vick unwisely decided on that play to keep the ball inbounds and cut back inside. In the future, he should always step out of bounds.

Mora has no plans to push Vick regarding practice this week. After trainer Ron Medlin clears him, Vick will make the final call as to how much he should practice.

"I think you always play better when you have some reps," Mora said. "I think Mike could certainly go out and perform without reps. My feeling about Mike is that, whether he practices or not, he's going to be fine come Sunday. Like I said, it's day-to-day, so we will see. Who knows with this kid? He might run out there and start practicing on Wednesday. I wouldn't put it past him."

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