League Officials Mum on Status of Review of Vick Case
NFL officials are saying little or nothing about the league's review of the Michael Vick case that is to determine the playing status of the Atlanta Falcons quarterback.
It's been 15 days since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered Vick not to report to the Falcons' training camp four days later. Vick is facing federal dogfighting charges and is scheduled to go on trial in late November.
Goodell gave no timetable for the league completing its review of the case. He put D.C. attorney Eric Holder in charge of the review and said he wanted to determine if there were facts in the case not in dispute that would on their own constitute violations of the league's conduct policy.
Many people around the league believe that Goodell will impose a lengthy suspension on Vick. Falcons owner Arthur Blank said after Goodell ordered Vick not to report to training camp that the team had been prepared to suspend Vick without pay for the first four games of the regular season. But Goodell asked the Falcons to withhold any disciplinary action until after the league's review was completed, Blank said at the time. Goodell said he expected Vick and his representatives to cooperate with the league's review and indicated that he might meet with Vick.
League officials declined to comment on the status of the review, and Vick's attorneys did not return messages seeking comment.
By Mark Maske |
August 7, 2007; 9:25 AM ET
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