Harrington in spotlight as Vick’s replacement
Atlanta’s Harrington enters first home start on Monday
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.