Originally created 12/21/06

Improved Vick not in a rush



FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Michael Vick says his sore groin has improved, even though he didn't test the injury as he took a reduced role in Wednesday's practice.

Vick had to leave late in the Atlanta Falcons' loss to Dallas on Saturday night because of the injury. He was listed as probable for Sunday's game against Carolina and reported the sore groin "feels better."

"I just wanted to take a day off and make sure when I came back to practice I'd be able to practice at 100 percent and feel good about it," Vick said. "I'm just making sure I don't do anything to reinjure it and making sure the pain goes away on its own."

After Saturday night's game, Vick said he "felt a pain I have never felt before."

Backup Matt Schaub took the majority of the snaps with the first-team offense as he prepares for what could be his first start since Oct. 9, 2005 against New England. Vick, who has never started more than 15 games in a season, has made every start in 2006.

"As far as going a long period of time without starting, it doesn't help you," Schaub said. "You've just got to be focused and stay sharp in practice.

"I think if anything you're still fresh. You haven't taken the beating and you've got your routine down during the week as far as your method of preparation."

Schaub attempted only one pass this season before going 3-for-5 for 33 yards when playing behind Vick in the 38-28 loss to Dallas.

Schaub is 0-2 as a starter, though he completed 18 of 34 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in a 31-28 loss to the then-defending Super Bowl champion Patriots last season in Atlanta.

"If it's Matt, I feel confident," said running back Warrick Dunn. "He has played in the league a few years and he's made some plays when he's had the opportunity."