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    Yahoo: One-year suspension likely coming this week for Michael Vick

    Sources: Vick suspension near
    By Jason Cole, Yahoo! Sports
    August 12, 2007

    Two NFL sources said that commissioner Roger Goodell likely will announce this week or next the suspension of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick for the 2007 season.

    "That's the direction it's going and has been from the time this started," one of the sources said this week.

    In July, Goodell told Vick not to report to training camp in the aftermath of a federal indictment for his alleged involvement in dogfighting on a property he owned in Virginia. Vick has since been arraigned on the matter and is facing trial in November.

    What is unclear is whether Vick will be allowed to return to the Falcons this season if he is acquitted. This offseason, Goodell suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones for the entire season but added stipulations that could allow Jones to return earlier if he clears his record.

    Said the other source: "The plan was to make sure it was announced before the season. Given what everybody has seen from what (league) security found and what the feds are telling us, there's really no choice."

    From a public relations standpoint, the NFL would like the matter dealt with before the opening week of the season. The feeling is that if the league can resolve the matter now, any further news on Vick will not detract from the buildup to the season.

    The NFL has examined the indictment against Vick at length and has conducted a quasi-investigation of its own. The league has not interviewed anyone associated with the case, but it has pored over as many public documents as it could find.

    The most careful element of the suspension is how it will be worded. Under the league's new personal conduct policy, there is some belief that Vick could escape punishment because this is the first time he has been charged with a crime.

    However, Goodell hinted last week that because Vick was charged with multiple counts, including gambling on dogfights, the league may have a way around that. In an interview with USA Today, Goodell said that while he was disturbed by the dogfighting accusations, the gambling aspect is just as meaningful.

    "Listen, we're sickened by the allegations and the predicament Michael put himself in," Goodell said. "But there are a lot of things in the indictment that concern the NFL that may not be of a greater concern from a law enforcement standpoint."

    The NFL's gambling policy, which was established long before the personal conduct policy, has resulted in the suspension of players in the past. Both Paul Hornung and Alex Karras were suspended for the entire 1963 season after admitting they placed bets on NFL games.

    Players can be banned for life for illegal gambling.

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    Re: Yahoo: One-year suspension likely coming this week for Michael Vick

    Interesting. I know rumors were going out that Vick had already been suspended because of that article, but it hasn't happened... yet.

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    Re: Yahoo: One-year suspension likely coming this week for Michael Vick

    does this mean that vick would be eligible to play on day one of the 2008 season? If that is the case, he could be signed and ready to go.

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    Re: Yahoo: One-year suspension likely coming this week for Michael Vick

    As Lee Corso would say, not so fast my friend...

    NFL denies Vick close to season-long suspension
    By Skip Wood,
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    Updated 11h 33m ago

    An NFL spokesman flatly denied late Sunday night a report that Commissioner Roger Goodell was close to announcing that Michael Vick would be suspended for the 2007 season for his alleged involvement in dogfighting.

    A story posted Sunday on Yahoo.com quoted two persons within the NFL with knowledge of the situation as saying that it's been headed in that direction (Vick being suspended for the season) from the beginning, and "the plan was to make sure it was announced before the season. Given what everybody has seen from what (league) security found and what the feds are telling us, there's really no choice."

    The story said an announcement is likely this week or next.

    "No decision has been made," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, adding that the league is still awaiting the results of its independent review and is not likely to take action, if any, until its undetermined conclusion.

    Goodell told USA TODAY last week he expected the report back in a week or two and expected to make a decision shortly thereafter.

    In July, Goodell told Vick, the Atlanta Falcons' star quarterback, not to report to training camp in the wake of a federal indictment against him in the dogfighting case. Vick faces a trial on the charges, including gambling on dogfights, in November.
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    Re: Yahoo: One-year suspension likely coming this week for Michael Vick

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    does this mean that vick would be eligible to play on day one of the 2008 season? If that is the case, he could be signed and ready to go.

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    Not if he gets charged with something by then; considering all the allegations against him, I find it hard to believe he is innocent.

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    Re: Yahoo: One-year suspension likely coming this week for Michael Vick

    The other two co-defendants scheduled a plea agreement hearing today for later this week, which according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is an indication that they will plead guilty and testify against Vick.

    Doesn't look good for #7.
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