Har­ring­ton in spot­light as Vick’s re­place­ment

At­lanta’s Har­ring­ton en­ters first home start on Mon­day

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Charles Odum

FLOWERY BRANCH — While many now won­der if Michael Vick will have a sec­ond chance in the NFL, Joey Har­ring­ton is de­ter­mined to make the most of his third op­por­tu­nity.

Fri­day’s de­ci­sion by NFL com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell to sus­pend Vick in­def­i­nitely fol­low­ing Vick’s plea agree­ment on dog­fight­ing charges makes of­fi­cial what al­ready was ob­vi­ous: The At­lanta Fal­cons are left with Har­ring­ton as their start­ing quar­ter­back.

Har­ring­ton al­ready has lost start­ing jobs in Detroit and Mi­ami. His in­tro­duc­tion to home fans for his new­est team comes Mon­day night when the Fal­cons play the Cincin­nati Ben­gals in a pre­sea­son game in the Ge­or­gia Dome.

Vick’s plea agree­ment and sub­se­quent sus­pen­sion only in­creases the in­ten­sity of the spot­light that will fol­low Har­ring­ton.

So far, Har­ring­ton said he couldn’t be hap­pier.

“I feel fan­tas­tic,” he said af­ter Fri­day’s prac­tice. “This is as good as I’ve felt in a long time.”

Fal­cons coach Bobby Petrino said Har­ring­ton and most starters — in­clud­ing re­ceivers Joe Horn and Michael Jenk­ins — will play at least the first half and pos­si­bly the third quar­ter.

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