Feds Spring Vick; Appeal to NFL Up Next

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2009 10:30 AM CDT
A federal probation officer's car sits outside the home of former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, in Hampton, Va., Monday, July 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – Michael Vick’s 23-month federal dogfighting sentence ended today, paving the way for the disgraced football player to finagle a return to the NFL, the AP reports. Two prison officials appeared at Vick’s house today, likely to remove the electronic ankle monitor he’s sported for the past two months. The NFL commissioner would like to meet with Vick, but no formal plans have been made.

"The review of his status is ongoing," a league spokesman says. "There are no further details and no timetable." The NFL commissioner has said Vick must prove he’s remorseful, but remorse or not, the Atlanta Falcons won’t take him back after releasing him in June. Vick will remain on probation for three years, and is still on a three-year suspended state sentence.