Falcons QB Michael Vick sprained his right knee in the second quarter of yesterday's game against the Vikings.

Vick, a former Virginia Tech standout, was hurt when he rolled right to throw and got hit hard by Minnesota's Erasmus James just after delivering an incomplete pass. The 266-pound James fell on top of the quarterback as they tumbled to the turf.

Vick grabbed at his shin and remained down for several minutes, the Georgia Dome fans gasping when they realized who was injured. The two-time Pro Bowl pick was surrounded by three trainers and Coach Jim Mora.

Finally, Vick climbed to his feet and walked slowly off the field to a standing ovation.

Matt Schaub took over at quarterback with the Falcons leading 14-0. Vick tested his knee on the sideline and didn't appear seriously injured, but he did not return.

* HURTING CENTERS: The Bengals lost both centers to knee injuries during the first half, forcing guard Eric Steinbach to take off his gloves and play the position.

Rich Braham, the Bengals' 12th-year veteran, hurt a knee during the second quarter against the Texans. The severity of the injury wasn't immediately known.

Backup center Larry Moore hurt his right knee while blocking on a run play later in the second quarter and was taken off the field on a cart.

* ALL HAIL HALL: Kansas City's Dante Hall tied an NFL record with his sixth career kickoff return for a touchdown, a 96-yarder in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles.

After Philadelphia's Sheldon Brown scored on a 40-yard interception return, Hall took the ensuing kickoff at his 4-yard line and started left. He cut back right, sliced through traffic near midfield and eluded a last-ditch dive by new place kicker Todd France at the Philadelphia 40 on his way to the end zone.

-- From News Services