Vick breaks fibula

Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2003

ATLANTA Atlanta star Michael Vick fractured his right fibula Saturday night in a 13-10 exhibition loss to Baltimore, and Falcons owner Arthur Blank said the quarterback will be sidelined at least six weeks.

Blank said Vick wouldn't have surgery. If Vick's out six weeks, he'll miss the first four games of the regular season, and would return Oct. 5 against Minnesota. Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb had a similar injury last year and was out two months.

On third-and-6 from the Atlanta 5 late in the first quarter, Vick was chased out of the pocket and was tackled by Adalius Thomas. Vick fell awkwardly on his right leg and grabbed it even before he hit the ground.

The Ravens (1-1) held off Atlanta (0-2) despite a 67-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Falcons rookie Bryan Scott with 1:51 left. After Atlanta recovered an onside kick, third-string quarterback Kurt Kittner threw an interception, sealing the Falcons' second loss in two games.

Baltimore rookie Kyle Boller, battling Chris Redman and Anthony Wright for the starting quarterback job, threw a 1-yard TD pass to Terry Jones Jr. in the third quarter, and Matt Stover added two field goals.

Bengals 23, Lions 10

CINCINNATI Carson Palmer, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, opened the second half with two impressive touchdown drives, completing all seven of his throws as Cincinnati beat Detroit.

Palmer's 2-yard toss to fourth-round pick Jeremi Johnson on 4th-and-goal put the Bengals (1-1) up 16-3. The Heisman Trophy winner lofted a 30-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh on the next drive, leaving him 7-for-7 for 97 yards.

Joey Harrington played four series and led the Lions (1-1) to only two first downs. He was 5-of-11 for 27 yards.

Eagles 21, Steelers 16

PITTSBURGH Donovan McNabb and A.J. Feeley directed long first-half drives and Philadelphia benefited from an instant replay reversal that took away a Pittsburgh touchdown.

The slow-moving game, delayed by replay reviews and 147 yards of penalties just in the first half, was halted by lightning for 31 minutes in the third quarter and didn't end until more than four hours after starting.

Saints 22, Jets 17

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Todd Bouman guided two scoring drives and New Orleans scored three second-half touchdowns.

Deuce McAllister played the first half after sitting out the opener against Philadelphia. He finished with 11 carries for 45 yards including a nice 17-yard run in the second quarter and caught three passed for 14 yards for the Saints (1-1).

Broncos 15, Bears 10

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Jarious Jackson connected with Frank Rice on a 36-yard fourth-down pass before sneaking in for a touchdown with 18 seconds left as Denver (2-0) beat Chicago (1-1). Jackson drove the Broncos 80 yards on 15 plays in the final three minutes. The big play was his fourth-down pass to Rice that carried to the Chicago 15.

Titans 37, Bills 24

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Eddie George ran for a touchdown, Steve McNair threw for another and Tennessee came up with four sacks and three turnovers.

Patriots 20, Redskins 13

LANDOVER, Md. Rookie Bethel Johnson fumbled three times on one kickoff return, then returned the next one 98 yards for a touchdown for New England.

Chiefs 26, Vikings 16

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Trent Green threw a 59-yard scoring pass to Marc Boerigter for Kansas City's first touchdown of the preseason as the Chiefs beat Minnesota.

Todd Collins also threw a TD pass for Kansas City (2-1), and Morten Andersen kicked three field goals and Jose Cortez made one.

The Vikings (0-2) got a 1-yard TD run in the first quarter from rookie Onterrio Smith.

Cardinals 16, Chargers 10

SAN DIEGO Justin Lucas returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter and Damien Anderson had an 82-yard run for Arizona (2-0).

Emmitt Smith suited up but didn't play, spending the game on the Arizona sideline wearing a baseball cap.

LaDainian Tomlinson played two days after taking himself out of practice at the Chargers' hot and humid training camp in Carson, an industrial suburb of Los Angeles. He carried twice for 14 yards and caught one pass for six yards.

The Chargers are 0-2.



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