Vick Eligible to Play in Week 3
Michael Vicks return to the NFL is complete. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will be eligible to play beginning in the third game of the regular season.
Goodell and Vick met for 45 minutes today before the decision was announced. Vick, recently signed by the Eagles, played in last week’s exhibition game and was expected to play against the New York Jets on Thursday night.
Previously, Goodell said he would consider Vick for full reinstatement by no later than Week 6.
Vick was released from federal custody July 20 after serving 18 months of a 23-month sentence for his role in running a dogfighting ring.
The Eagles told reporters that the commissioner met with Vick at the team hotel near the Newark airport.
A three-time Pro Bowl pick during six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Vick was a surprise signing by the Eagles on Aug. 13. He received a one-year deal for $1.6 million with a team option for a second year at $5.2 million.
Vick’s familiarity with the West Coast offense has expedited his learning process with Philadelphia. He’s said that he’s content doing whatever he can to help the team win and wants to learn from McNabb how to become a better QB.
The Eagles were heavily criticized by animal rights activists for signing Vick and dozens of protesters voiced their outrage outside the team’s practice facility the day after he signed.
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