Vick sprains ankle in third quarter

PHILADELPHIA - Michael Vick has all winter to rest his sprained ankle. Vick and Atlanta each limped toward the finish after the scrambling quarterback left the Falcons' 24-to-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles today with a sprained right ankle.

Two seasons after Vick carried the Falcons to the N-F-C championship game at Lincoln Financial Field, they ended this one there losers of seven of their last nine and with an uncertain future for coach Jim Mora after an ill-timed radio interview and the late-season skid.

Vick said -- quote -- "It's pretty tough to walk right now. I'll probably be limping around for the next couple of weeks. But the good thing is, I get the chance to rest."

While Vick will be back for spring drills, Mora could get a more permanent break. His status already was tenuous before he angered owner Arthur Blank by telling a Seattle radio station he would be interested in the University of Washington job, even if the Falcons were in the playoffs - and without the position being open.

Mora apologized for his comments, saying his intended sarcasm in the radio interview was not understood. But the damage may be irreparable, though he wants to return to Atlanta. Blank has the final say, but Mora should worry if Vick's opinion is solicited.

Vick said he liked Mora and worked well with him, but said if Blank asked him if his coach should return, Vick said he'd give the answer some serious thought.

Vick said -- quote -- "Honestly, I really couldn't tell you what I'd say right now. I'd have to give it some thought and really evaluate what went down and what happened."