FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons quarterback Michael Vick
missed practice Thursday and indicated he won't play against the
Titans this weekend.
Vick sprained his right ankle in a morning walkthrough
Wednesday, when guard Martin Bibla accidentally stepped on his
foot. Vick hasn't played in a game since breaking his leg in the
"I wanted to come out and try and play this week, get a couple
of snaps," Vick said. "But what happened yesterday was something
that we all didn't expect. I got a little taste of what it's like
to get it touched, and that's a good thing. Now I know. We'll just
see how it plays out."
Vick refused to offer details of how he was hurt, but linebacker
Keith Brooking acknowledged that he was blitzing and accidentally
pushed Bibla backward. Vick and Bibla were working with the scout
team, and Brooking with the first-team defense.
"I can't help it. That's just the way it goes, man," Brooking
Added Bibla, "Nobody's going full-tilt, but Keith goes a little
harder than usual sometimes. That's just Keith, though."
The Falcons (2-8) have lost eight of their last nine as they
prepare to host the Titans (8-2). Doug Johnson will start at
quarterback for Atlanta.
If anything good came from his latest setback, Vick learned a
hard lesson regarding his ankle brace. He practiced last week with
a brace on his ankle, which was taped, but he didn't wear one for
He will from now on.
"It was a little scary, but it was something that I think I
needed," Vick said.
In his first full season as a starter last year, Vick led the
Falcons to a 10-7-1 record and the second round of the NFC
playoffs. He was the No. 1 overall draft choice in 2001 and set
four league records for rushing by a quarterback in 2002.
Vick wants to play Nov. 30 at Houston if his ankle will let him,
but his debut could get pushed back to the Dec. 7 home game with
Carolina. He practiced last week for the first time this season.
"If it's something that happens in a walkthrough and it's that
tender and he has a setback to where he can't practice, that's a
pretty good sign that he probably needs to rest it a little bit
longer," Brooking said.