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Falcons' Vick practices despite sore groin

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (Dec. 21, 2006) -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick took snaps with the first-team offense in practice, increasing the likelihood his groin strain won't keep him from starting against Carolina.

Falcons coach Jim Mora listed Vick as probable for the second successive day.

Vick has a 6-2 career record against the Panthers, who will visit the Georgia Dome on Dec. 24. He is attempting to start 16 games for the first time in his six-year career.

In 2002, '04 and '05, Vick started 15 games. A broken ankle kept him off the field for 11 games in 2003. The No. 1 overall draft choice in 2001, Vick started two games as a rookie.

This season marked the first time as a full-time starter Vick didn't earn a spot on the NFC Pro Bowl squad. With 15 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions, Vick has a 77.7 passer rating that ranks 18th in the NFL.

Vick will seek to avoid the first four-game home losing streak in his career when Atlanta (7-7) plays host to Carolina (6-8). The Panthers have dropped four straight.

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