Falcons' Third Quarterback Didn't Get Into Saturday's Game But His Helmet Did

When the Atlanta Falcons moved Michael Vick from quarterback to tailback and inserted Matt Schaub at quarterback for a few plays during Saturday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys, they actually were violating a little-known NFL rule: An offensive team cannot have two quarterbacks on the field with radio receivers in their helmets for wireless communication with a coach on the sideline.

The officials informed Falcons Coach Jim Mora of that during the game. The Falcons adjusted. They ripped the radio receiver out of the helmet of No. 3 quarterback D.J. Shockley and had Schaub wear that helmet the next time he took the field with Vick.

The Falcons used Vick at tailback because they'd been uncertain during the week leading up to the game about the status of injured running backs Warrick Dunn and Jerious Norwood. Dunn ended up playing in the game; Norwood didn't.

Mora told reporters this week that the Falcons don't intend to use the two-quarterback formation in the future.

By Mark Maske |  December 20, 2006; 9:34 AM ET  | Category:  Falcons
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