Originally created 12/18/06

Status of Vick unclear

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.

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.

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


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