ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick,
expected to play the first half of Saturday night's preaseason game
against Cincinnati, instead was held out after feeling tightness in
his right hamstring during pregame warmups.
"It's been bothering me for a while, and that's why I think
they made the decision to sit me down," Vick said. "I don't want
to tweak it again and have to worry about this on a week-to-week
Added coach Jim Mora: "We feel having a healthy Michael Vick going into
the regular season is the way to go.
"He's like one of those great sprinters or a fine race car. If
they are not perfectly tweaked there is no sense in putting them
out on the track, especially if it's a game that has nothing to do
with the standings or with the regular season," Mora said.
Rookie Matt Schaub started and led the Falcons on a four-play,
83-yard touchdown drive on their opening possession, completing a
36-yard pass to tight end Alge Crumpler to open the drive and a
16-yard touchdown pass to Dez White.
After Schaub directed the touchdown drive, the Falcons announced
Vick would be held out of the game. He was in uniform, wearing a
baseball cap on the sideline. Schaub finished with three touchdown passes for the second straight game.
Vick first strained the hamstring on Aug. 5, and he aggravated
the injury in last week's preseason win over Minnesota. Mora and
Vick downplayed the injury this week, and Vick's status for the
game was not expected to be in doubt.