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Vick's MRI negative, likely to start next week

10/4/2005 - NFL Michael Vick Atlanta Falcons + more

ATLANTA -- A Monday morning MRI examination revealed no structural damage to the sprained right knee of Michael Vick, and the Atlanta Falcons quarterback is expected to start Sunday's home game against the New England Patriots.

The Falcons announced results of the MRI on Monday afternoon.

"It confirmed that it was just a mild sprain of his MCL, and he is day-to-day," coach Jim Mora told reporters. "That ought to put that to rest for a least two or three minutes from now when someone asks another question about it."

Vick might experience some soreness in the knee for a few days, but should be able to practice as the 3-1 Falcons prepare to face the defending Super Bowl champions at the Georgia Dome.

"Just because I got injured doesn't mean that my confidence
level is going to go down," Vick said. "The same thing happened
to me against Seattle, and I came back and had one of my best games
against Buffalo. Injury doesn't scare me."

The injury occurred in the second quarter of Sunday's 30-10 victory over Minnesota and team officials described it following the game as a sprained medial collateral ligament. Vick said that he "tweaked [the knee] a little bit," but seemed confident the injury was not serious and that he would not miss any playing time.

Vick was injured when he rolled to his right and was hit by Vikings rookie defensive end Erasmus James, who then fell over the quarterback, as the pass went incomplete. Vick grabbed his shin and rolled back and forth a few times before trainers, the medical staff and coach Jim Mora arrived on the field. He left the field under his own power and was examined on the sideline.

At the time of the injury, Vick, who was slightly slowed already by a hamstring strain, had completed six of eight passes for 49 yards and had rushed four times for 58 yards. With the Falcons leading 14-0 at the time of the injury, and seemingly in control of the action, Vick sat out the rest of the game.

Second-year veteran Matt Schaub finished the game.

"My feeling about Mike is that, whether he practices or not,
he's going to be fine come Sunday," Mora said. "Who knows with
this kid? He might run out there and start practicing on Wednesday.
I wouldn't put it past him."

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.