Vick unlikely to play after bye week

Updated: October 19, 2003, 8:55 PM ET

ATLANTA -- With their losing streak at six, the Atlanta Falcons sure could use Michael Vick.

But it appears unlikely the Pro Bowl quarterback will return for the Falcons' next game, Nov. 2 against Philadelphia.

"The chances are slim," coach Dan Reeves said after the Falcons were routed 45-17 by New Orleans on Sunday. "He's not even really running yet."

Kurt Kittner, who began the season as the third-string quarterback, made his first NFL start against the Saints. He was 9-of-29 for 115 yards -- good enough to likely keep the No. 1 job for the next game.

"We'll have to analyze it and see how he did," Reeves said. "But I don't know of any reason why he wouldn't start again."

Doug Johnson, who started the first six games for the Falcons (1-6), would remain the backup.

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