Falcons Preparing to Start Camp Without Vick

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.

It's a warm, sunny day in the Atlanta area, and the Falcons are readying to open training camp this afternoon without quarterback Michael Vick.

Vick is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today in Richmond after being indicted by a federal grand jury last week on conspiracy charges related to his alleged involvement in a dogfighting operation. The Falcons are scheduled to take the field at their headquarters here for a 3:30 p.m. practice under first-year coach Bobby Petrino.

On Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered Vick not to report to training camp pending a review of the case by the league, which Goodell hired Washington-based attorney Eric Holder to oversee. Vick's playing status is to be determined after that review, but events of recent days have seemed to indicate an increasing likelihood that Vick will miss much or all of the upcoming season.

"Michael's absence might well run into the regular season," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said during a news conference Tuesday.

Blank said then that he was prepared to suspend Vick for the first four games of the season without pay before Goodell intervened Monday. Under such a scenario, Vick would have participated in training camp, according to Goodell. Blank said the Falcons agreed with Goodell's decision to prohibit Vick from reporting to camp.

Falcons officials said they considered a wide range of options after Vick was indicted last week, including releasing Vick and urging him to accept a leave of absence. Blank said Tuesday he didn't think a leave of absence was appropriate under the circumstances. Club officials have not ruled out releasing Vick at some point.

"It depends on what happens," Falcons President Rich McKay said at Tuesday's news conference.

Joey Harrington inherits the starting job in Vick's absence after the Falcons traded highly regarded backup Matt Schaub to the Houston Texans during the offseason. Vick's teammates are left, beginning today, to try to prepare for the season amid the din of the controversy. A handful of animal rights protesters were demonstrating outside the gates to the team's practice facility this morning.

"This has been a difficult week in any respect that you can think of," Blank said Tuesday. "The indictment of Michael Vick has affected everyone associated with the Falcons.... The details of the indictment have touched the emotions of people across the country, and we have heard from many of them. I know that many people are deeply distraught and incited by what they read in the indictment, and I am as well.... His name is mentioned 50 times in the indictment. I've counted it. I'm aware of it."

By Mark Maske |  July 26, 2007; 11:45 AM ET  | Category:  Falcons
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You hear that sound? That's the Falcon's season falling flat on its face!

Posted by: The Commish! | July 26, 2007 12:24 PM

You hear that sound? That's the Falcon's season falling flat on its face!

Posted by: The Commish! | July 26, 2007 12:24 PM

You hear that sound? That's the Falcon's season falling flat on its face!

Posted by: The Commish! | July 26, 2007 12:24 PM

welcome back Mark.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2007 12:24 PM

Absolutely no one cares about Michael Vick. Please stop wasting the Redskins' ink on an average NFL QB that has little to no impact on the league year in and year out. This is the Washington Post, report on the Washington Redskins.

Posted by: Pat | July 26, 2007 12:41 PM

It's the day before Skins training camp and we still have to have this played out story shoved down our throats? Thanks.

Posted by: Tim | July 26, 2007 12:44 PM

Maybe ESPN will cover the skins... Nevermind. ESPN is giving Vick more coverage than Fox News gave Iraq

Posted by: Poats | July 26, 2007 12:51 PM

man dats not even rite he maed a mistake and every body does so day need to juse let him go ,,,,,,,

let him go

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2007 12:54 PM

man dats not even rite he maed a mistake and every body does so day need to juse let him go ,,,,,,,

let him go

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2007 12:54 PM

man dats not even rite he maed a mistake and every body does so day need to juse let him go ,,,,,,,

let him go

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2007 12:54 PM

hey i dont like the fact that you all are trying to put him in jail ..... it was a mistake and every body has mistakes so yea you guies need to stop ... ve love u vick and we are not going to let them do that to you

love you and think about wat u do befor tou do it....

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2007 12:56 PM

if vick is an average QB then what category does the Redskins QBs fall in??

Posted by: Con-Vick7 | July 26, 2007 1:15 PM

Dropping an ice cream cone is a mistake. Forgetting to zip up one's fly is a mistake. Giving fans the finger is a mistake. Voting for George W. Bush is a mistake. Owning/investing in a dog fighting team, hosting dog fights on one's property, complicity in the cruel destruction of unsuccessful dogs, and betting on dog fights for a period of several years is not a mistake - it is a crime.

Posted by: alextanouye | July 26, 2007 1:19 PM

Animal rights activists need mental help, because people are still fighting for human rights in america.

Posted by: 11Kap | July 26, 2007 1:27 PM

They should throw Vick out of the NFL along with all the other criminal thugs. Unfortunately, there wouldn't be an NFL left. Oh well.

Posted by: checkered.1 | July 26, 2007 1:42 PM

Vicks's football fate is sealed, guilty or not guilty of what he did or did not do. He will never be a starter in the NFL again. Maybe a veternan minimum salary.

Posted by: Skins fan1 | July 26, 2007 2:00 PM

forget about playing in the NFL. Vick and his associates need to go to JAIL!

Posted by: reispace | July 26, 2007 2:15 PM

If found quilty, Vick should have to do 6 months community service at an animal rescue shelter. In that way, he can make atonement for the cruelty he and his betting friends have made on these poor animals. If the NFL keeps him on....BOYCOTT THE FALCONS and their sponsors.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | July 26, 2007 2:41 PM

I recall a soldier telling me a story of my general Grant, who in the midst of battle saw a mule driver strike his obstinant mule with his fist. Grant immediately got down off his horse, approached the mule driver, and struck him across the face. That's my man Grant for you!

Posted by: A Lincoln | July 26, 2007 2:44 PM

It's just a dog!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2007 2:48 PM

It's just a dog!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2007 2:48 PM

I'd say about the same level. Vick's career QB rating - 75.7. Jason Campbell - 76.5. Oh but they keep replaying that one highlight of him winning that one game 5 years ago on that run in OT so you think he's a game changer and a superstar. He's already a washout and hes only 27 years old.

Posted by: Pat | July 26, 2007 2:53 PM

And the Falcons would be a better team with Vick?? History says no.
There is way too much media coverage on this overrated player. Overall he is a very mediocre QB.
Face of the NFL?? Try Manning, LT, LJ, Shaun Alexander, Reggie Bush.

Posted by: Realist | July 26, 2007 3:14 PM

Vick gets caught putting his 1 dog into dog fights. Give him a slap on the wrist and let PETA pickett.
Vick owns and runs a dog fighting kennel and league. This involved a consistent brutality towards multiple animals, to include the merciless killing of underperformers. Toss him from the NFL, give him 6-12 months in jail.
What most of the foolish Vick fans don't understand is that this type of animal cruelty makes him more like Jeffrey Dahmer than like Al Capone. Most serial killers and crazies begin with animal cruelty. Thats not keepin it real, that keepin it crazy.

Posted by: Snoop Dogg | July 26, 2007 3:21 PM

SKINS FAN1, YOU'RE AN IDIOT!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2007 3:25 PM

The 3 people who have brought the most attention to VA Tech over the last 10 years are Michael Vick, Marcus Vick, and Cho Seung-Hui. Wow, thats some great spokesmen for a college that used to be reknowned for its academic credentials.

Posted by: Al Groh | July 26, 2007 3:25 PM

11KAP, THANKS FOR TELLING IT AS IT IS....YOU'RE COMMENT IS THE BEST OF THE LOT!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2007 3:29 PM

A. LINCOLN, WAKE UP...GEN.GRANT IS DEAD

Posted by: Anonymous | July 26, 2007 3:32 PM

I've been saying this since he was at VT, Vick is an unimpressive QB, but a stellar RB. Every highlight shows that to be true. Why is the NFL/NFLPA trying to make him a QB?

In Virginia, dogs are classified as livestock. Even just stealing one is a felony.

Posted by: lordthrog | July 26, 2007 3:36 PM

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