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Kathleen Foster

New York


Vick Can Play Again, on Conditional Basis

July 27, 2009 - 7:04 PM | by: Kathleen Foster
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has decided to let convicted dogfighter Michael Vick play football again… if a team signs him.
As of now, the quarterback is allowed to practice and play in two pre-season games. But there is no word yet on whether he will be allowed to play in the regular season. Goodell says he will make that decision by week six, which means Vick’s official return to the field could be in the middle of October.  

In a press conference today, the NFL Commissioner said playing in the NFL is a privilege and it is up to Vick to get that privilege back again. So there are a few conditions to Vick’s reinstatement. He must abide by the court’s recommendations, which include not being involved in the buying or selling of a dog. But he must also follow some NFL guidelines, which include working closely with Coach Tony Dungy who has agreed to keep tabs on Vick as a mentor and advisor.

Vick was suspended indefinitely from the NFL in August 2007 when he pleaded guilty to bank rolling a dog fighting ring. He was released from prison in May.

Vick is currently a free agent eligible to negotiate directly with teams. But so far no team has publicly expressed interest in signing him.



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