Vick hopes to practice Thursday

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick had a setback Wednesday
in his attempt to return to the lineup this weekend.

An Atlanta Falcons teammate stepped on the quarterback's right
ankle in a walkthrough. Vick, out since fracturing his right leg in
a preseason game Aug. 16, was unable to participate in team drills
during the two-hour afternoon practice.

According to team orthopedist Andrew Bishop and trainer Ron
Medlin, Vick did not sustain further damage to his right foot. They
added that Vick rolled his ankle after taking a snap and trying to
step to his right as his foot was caught.

Vick worked with the scout team for three days last week and
hoped to take some snaps this week with the first-team offense.

"Yeah, it is a setback," Vick said. "I didn't think something
like this would happen, but it swelled up on me and I just had to
take it light today. I'll see how it feels in the morning and I'll
know if I can practice tomorrow."

The Falcons (2-8) have lost eight of their last nine. They play
Sunday against Tennessee (8-2).

Coach Dan Reeves selected Doug Johnson to replace Kurt Kittner
as the starting quarterback. Johnson and Kittner have combined for
16 interceptions, tied with Detroit for most in the NFL.

Vick declined to say who stepped on his foot, though he
acknowledged the injury occurred as he worked with the scout team.
Walkthroughs are closed to reporters.

"All I know is I caught it up in there pretty good," Vick
said. ``It was my first bit of contact, and I didn't anticipate my
first piece of contact on it. It happened early, and it wasn't a
good feeling. So I can imagine what it's going to feel like if I
take a hit on it."

Vick did some light throwing to receivers, but didn't wear a
helmet or shoulder pads. He stood and watched practice.

Vick, 23, led the Falcons to the second round of the playoffs
last year, when he set four NFL records for rushing by a
quarterback and was chosen for the Pro Bowl.