Originally created 08/06/02

Vick held out of passing drills because of sore shoulder



GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick hurt his left shoulder during a passing drill Monday, but he doesn't think the injury will keep him out of the first preseason game.

Vick said he may have tweaked his rotator cuff while throwing a sidearm pass during non-contact drills in the morning. His shoulder was wrapped in ice at lunch, and he didn't throw any passes at the afternoon practice.

"They just told me to sit out today," said Vick, who did work on handoffs and audibles. "It's just a little sore, but I'm back tomorrow."

Coach Dan Reeves said the second-year quarterback was taking anti-inflammatory medication to cope with the pain.

"He wanted to practice, but we just didn't see a need," Reeves said. "Let him hopefully get rested and get some anti-inflammatories in him. Hopefully his shoulder won't be sore. It's just from throwing - nothing serious."

Vick was the No. 1 overall pick in 2001 and started two games as a rookie. He became the starter when the Falcons cut Chris Chandler during the offseason.

Atlanta opens the preseason Friday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars.