The NFL has officially come out with their ruling about former Falcons QB Michael Vick, and as ESPN stated last week, Vick has been conditionally reinstated.
The press release on Vick states:
“Under the conditions of the reinstatement, Vick may participate without delay in preseason practices, workouts, meetings, and may play in his club’s final two preseason games. Once the regular season begins, Vick may participate in all team activities other than games, subject to specific guidelines developed by the NFL Player Personnel Department that will be communicated to Vick and all clubs. Vick is currently an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any NFL club. Vick is eligible to be paid based on terms negotiated with a club.”
Basically it means that it is a five-game suspension, and depending on where he ends up, if the team has their bye week in that time-frame, it could end up being a four-game suspension.
On another front, the league also announced that Tony Dungy “has agreed to continue his work with Michael Vick as an advisor and mentor. Commissioner Goodell will periodically evaluate Vick’s progress under this transitional step approach and consider full reinstatement for play in regular-season games by Week 6.”
The question now is that it’s all said and done, what team is going to take the risk on Vick and the PR nightmare that comes along with him?