Originally created 09/23/05

Falcons' Vick is fit for Bills game



FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Quarterback Michael Vick returned to practice Thursday for the first time since twice leaving the Atlanta Falcons' loss last week at Seattle with a tweaked left hamstring.

Coach Jim Mora listed Vick as probable after the Falcons (1-1) continued to prepare for their game Sunday at Buffalo (1-1).

Vick, who walked without a limp, indicated his leg felt better as he strolled through the locker room following practice.

The experience of rehabbing a sore hamstring is familiar to Vick.

He sustained a similar injury to his right leg 13 months ago when Atlanta practiced three days with the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

After aggravating the injury in a 2004 preseason game two weeks later against Minnesota, Vick missed the next exhibition before making an ineffective start in the preseason finale at Washington.

Vick led the Falcons to a season-opening win the following week at San Francisco, but time is more precious following last week's defeat. Giving his body three days to rest, Vick cleared himself to practice Thursday after a long period of stretching.

"I learned how to take care of it," Vick said when asked to compare the aftermath of each injury.

"I learned how to rehab it and what to do and what not to do. I'm taking precautions, but at the same time I'm doing what I can to try to strengthen it up."

The Falcons travel to Buffalo having lost four consecutive road games, five including the NFC championship.

Vick is 8-9-1 as a regular-season starter on the road.