you can always tell if a team is prepared to win a championship by the other players that surround your star player case in point Vick.If the falcon's want to win a super bowl they better suck it up and players are going to have to perform much better.The receivers need to get there head in the game also.Vick won't be able to start all 16 games with nagging injurines like sunday's hamstring.
Vick's balky hamstring is a concern
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - With the game hanging in the balance, Michael Vick headed to the sideline. He ripped off his helmet and slung it to the ground, fully aware that his day was over.
One play later, the Atlanta Falcons were done, too.
When Vick's left hamstring tightened up, the Falcons had to go with backup Matt Schaub on their final offensive play, a last-gap attempt to come all the way back from a 21-point halftime deficit at Seattle.
Schaub threw an incomplete pass, the Seahawks held on for a 21-18 win, and now the Vick watch begins.
Will he feel good enough to play next Sunday against the Buffalo Bills? If not, can the Falcons win without him?
"My gut feeling is he will be OK," coach Jim Mora said Monday. "Knowing Mike, he doesn't like to not practice. He doesn't like to not be part of the plan."
Vick's hamstring began hurting in the fourth quarter after a 32-yard run, and Schaub came on to finish off a touchdown drive that brought the Falcons within a field goal.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta trainers feverishly tried to get Vick ready for one more possession. After the defense held, the Falcons got the ball back at their own 27 with 2:39 remaining - plenty of time to get in position for a tying field goal.
But Vick wasn't the same player.
After handing off and throwing a short pass, he found himself with a chance to break off another long run. A huge hole opened up in the middle as Vick dropped back to pass, but he hesitated briefly, stumbled trying to make a cut and was dropped for a 1-yard loss.
Mora had seen enough. Even though it was fourth-and-14, the coach sent in Schaub to throw the final pass. The Seahawks knocked it away, clinching the victory.
Vick was a disgusted bystander.
"It was tough. He is our guy, he is our playmaker," Mora said. "You could really tell on that third-down snap that he wanted to go, but he couldn't go. That made it a little bit easier to make the decision to put Schaub in for that fourth-down play."
The Falcons (1-1) did some light running Monday - minus Vick, who was scheduled to undergo a precautionary MRI. Mora isn't sure if his star quarterback will be back on the field Wednesday, when the team holds its first practice for the Bills.
"I hope that he's OK. I think that he's OK," the coach said. "If he's not, then we will go on. We'll keep playing because there's nothing we can do about it."
But Atlanta clearly isn't the same team without No. 7.
Two years ago, Vick broke his leg in a preseason game and missed the first 11 weeks. The Falcons slumped to 5-11 with Doug Johnson and Kurt Kittner sharing the quarterback duties - and three of those wins came after Vick returned.
On the other hand, Atlanta has made the playoffs in both of Vick's two full years as the starter, getting all the way to the NFC championship game last season.
With Schaub as the backup, the Falcons feel they are much better prepared to deal with an injury to Vick. But no one really knows.
Schaub, a third-round pick from Virginia in 2004, has played only seven games in his brief NFL career, most of them in mop-up roles. His numbers aren't very impressive: a 46 percent completion rate, with one touchdown and four interceptions.
"It is too early to tell what would change, in terms of our approach, if Matt were the quarterback," Mora said. "I don't think much would change. My gut feeling is that (Vick) is going to be OK. That's my gut feeling, and it is based on nothing."