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December 3, 2003

(Flowery Branch-AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons are having a miserable season. With a month to go, they already have ten losses and a playoff pink slip. Not much to get excited about, right?

Think again.

Michael Vick will make his first start of the season Sunday night against Carolina, pumping a bit of life into a down-and-out franchise. Receiver Peerless Price said today "It's creating a buzz around town and around the country that a team like us would normally not get."

 Vick strolled into the media room with a big grin -- quite a change from the look he had back in August, when he hobbled into that same room on crutches, his broken right leg wrapped in a cast. Vick said, "We're trying to get back on track. It's not how you start, it's how you finish. That's what we're looking forward to right now."

Vick, who was voted to the Pro Bowl in his first year as a starter, went down in a preseason game with a broken fibula. Initially expected to be out six-to-ten weeks, his recovery dragged on for three-and-one-half months. He finally got back on the field last week, playing the final two possessions in a 17-to-13 loss to the Houston Texans.

Vick gave a tantalizing glimpse of his unique abilities, though it wasn't enough to prevent the Falcons (2-10) from losing again.

Vick said today,"I'm ready to go. My leg feels good. It's about 95 percent."

Posted at 6:55pm by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com

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