NEW YORK (AP) _ Don't look for a quick announcement from the NFL
on Michael Vick's playing status. League spokesman Greg Aiello
(eye-EHL'-oh) says commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') has not
decided on a specific timetable on Vick's status.
It's likely Goodell will hold off until after the Atlanta
Falcons quarterback enters a plea Monday to federal dogfighting
conspiracy charges. His lawyer has said Vick will plead guilty.
The NFL has said it wants information on Vick's involvement in
dogfighting and is waiting for a report by its own group of
observers, headed by former deputy U.S. attorney general Eric
Vick has been barred from training camp by the NFL. And Goodell
has asked the Falcons not to take any action until the league
Goodell has leeway to issue a suspension under his personal
conduct policy. While the NFL hasn't said whether a potential
suspension would be concurrent with Vick's prison sentence -- which
is expected to be at least a year -- it is more likely that it
would take effect once he is released from custody.
That would mean Vick would likely miss both the 2007 and 2008