Vick's status uncertain after suffering groin injury

Updated: December 17, 2006, 8:40 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who injured his groin in the second half and left the game on the final drive of a 38-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, reported to team headquarters for treatment on Sunday.

Quarterback
Atlanta Falcons

Profile
2006 SEASON STATISTICS
Att Comp Yds TD Int Rat
354 187 2025 19 11 77.9

Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts had no information regarding Vick's status for this weekend, when Atlanta (7-7) hosts the Carolina Panthers (6-8).

Atlanta enters Week 16 trailing the New York Giants (7-7) for the sixth and final NFC playoff spot. New York would win a tiebreaker over the Falcons after beating Atlanta earlier this season at the Georgia Dome.

Vick improved to 6-2 in his career against the Panthers after opening the season with a win at Carolina.

Much of Vick's NFL success, however, begins with his ability to avoid defensive pressure by running and throwing on the run, so a groin injury would seem to limit him significantly.

"We'll have to wait and see," Vick said Saturday night. "I felt a pain I have never felt before. It was a sharp pain."

Vick, who broke Bobby Douglass' single-season NFL record for rushing by a quarterback, needs 10 yards to become the first player at his position to run for 1,000 in a season.

Against the Cowboys, Vick threw four touchdown passes and an interception that DeMarcus Ware returned for a 41-yard score in the second quarter.

The Falcons' No. 2 quarterback, Matt Schaub, completed three of five passes for 33 yards. Schaub took three snaps with Vick lined up at running back, but Dallas safety Patrick Watkins intercepted his final attempt, a 48-yarder in the end zone.

Vick accounted for 293 yards of total offense. He was 16-for-24 passing for 237 yards.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

ALSO SEE