FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) _ On a day when Michael Vick announced a guilty plea to dogfighting charges, the Atlanta Falcons were dealing Monday wth the loss of another quarterback.
Local favorite D.J. Shockley was battling for the Number Two
spot behind Vick replacement Joey Harrington. But he confimed Monday
that he will likely undergo surgery next week for a torn anterior
Shockley also sustained a slight tear of the medial collateral
ligament and a bone bruise when he went down awkwardly in last
Friday's preseason game at Buffalo.
The former Georgia Bulldog was hurt late in the game when he
attempted to cut to the inside on a scramble. His right foot
slipped as he planted it at the Buffalo 15, causing his left leg to
twist awkwardly before he was tackled by linebacker Josh Stamer.
Shockley was playing well after a lackluster performance in the
preseason opener against the New York Jets. He was 4-of-5 for 46
yards passing and rushed for 18 yards on three carries before the
Now, his season is over, leaving the Falcons with only two
established quarterbacks. Harrington inherited the starting job
when Vick was indicted on federal dogfighting charges, while Chris
Redman was contending with Shockley for the Number Two job.
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