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QB hasn't really started running yet

ATLANTA -- With their losing streak at six, the Atlanta
Falcons sure could use Michael Vick.

But it appears unlikely the Pro Bowl quarterback will return for
the Falcons' next game, Nov. 2 against Philadelphia.

"The chances are slim," coach Dan Reeves said after the
Falcons were routed 45-17 by New Orleans on Sunday. "He's not even
really running yet."

Kurt Kittner, who began the season as the third-string
quarterback, made his first NFL start against the Saints. He was
9-of-29 for 115 yards -- good enough to likely keep the No. 1 job
for the next game.

"We'll have to analyze it and see how he did," Reeves said.
"But I don't know of any reason why he wouldn't start again."

Doug Johnson, who started the first six games for the Falcons
(1-6), would remain the backup.