QB plays three series, leaves game

Updated: January 2, 2005, 9:30 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick left Sunday's game against Seattle after playing three series because he felt numbness in his throwing hand.

But Vick said he will be ready to play after the Falcons get a bye week during the wild-card weekend. He said he felt the numbness after a second-quarter hit. Vick, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, injured his left, throwing shoulder late in the fourth quarter of an overtime win over Carolina two weeks ago.

"My hand went numb, but I was ready to get back out there. I feel good," Vick said after Seattle's 28-26 victory.

Vick went 6-of-7 for 35 yards with a 2-yard TD pass to Peerless Price. Vick also ran three times for 13 yards.

Reserve Matt Schaub played the final 2 quarters. Atlanta coach Jim Mora had said last week he planned to use Vick, though he never promised how much action the standout would see.

"I never gave any indication with anyone what I was going to do with Mike," Mora said. "I talked to Bill Walsh on Friday. He's been in this situation before. I just accumulated all the information and played it by gut in the game."


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