FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick will be in uniform for
the first time this season Sunday, standing by as the Atlanta
Falcons' backup quarterback at Houston.
The Pro Bowl QB, sidelined since breaking his right leg in
preseason, practiced for the second straight day on Thursday.
During a two-hour workout, Vick rolled out on pass plays after
working exclusively in the pocket Wednesday. He also stopped,
started and took cuts.
"It felt pretty good," Vick said. "I'll just keep taking it
day by day and see how it feels tomorrow. I am making progress."
Doug Johnson will start Sunday when the Falcons (2-9) visit
Houston (4-7), but Vick will be available.
"He will definitely be the No. 2 quarterback unless there are
any setbacks tomorrow," coach Dan Reeves said. "He was able to
move around and scramble. I was surprised by how well he looked,
especially compared to where he was last week."
The team has a two-hour workout scheduled Friday morning.
Vick practiced Wednesday for the first time since spraining his
right ankle in a walkthrough Nov. 12.
In three days of practice two weeks ago, Vick worked exclusively
with the scout team, but he took snaps for the first time Wednesday
with the first- and second-team offense.
Now that he can move out of the pocket and elude tackles, Vick
doesn't feel so vulnerable. He hesitated to return until he could
make sudden moves to his right without feeling too much pain.
Most of the soreness is in his Achilles' tendon, but he hasn't
been hindered on pass plays.
"I've still been in the film room and paying attention to the
game plans," Vick said. "I didn't lose sight of what got me to
where I am now in the passing game. The passing game really isn't a
problem right now. Making the reads and everything, I'm comfortable
with, so that's why I look pretty sharp."
Atlanta advanced to the second round of the playoffs last year
as Vick ran for 777 yards and set four NFL records for rushing by a
quarterback. He threw 16 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.
But this season, Falcons QBs Johnson and Kurt Kittner have
combined for the league's worst interception ratio: one every 18.1