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ATLANTA -- According to a report on NBCSports.com, ESPN's Sal Palantonio and Chris Mortensen said Thursday that Michael Vick will be conditionally reinstated early next week, and that he will then be suspended four additional games.
They said in their report that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell -- who met with the former Falcons quarterback Wednesday afternoon -- is expected to warn Vick that any future problems would result in additional punishment.
Based on that condition, Vick would be permitted to sign with a new NFL team and participate in training camp and the NFL preseason before sitting out the first four games of the regular season.
According to the NBC Sports report, given the crimes that Vick was convicted of and the fact that he had, in the past, lied directly to Goodell, Vick could have been realistically suspended for as much as the entire 2009 season. But public opinion among football fans has favored the notion of giving Vick a second chance.
According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, a decision has not been reached by the League. On his Twitter account Thursday night, Aiello wrote, "Despite what ESPN says, commish has made no decisions on MVick."
Vick had already received a potential invitation to play football in a minor league for the upcoming season. In addition, Vick has been offered a $1.5 million, one year deal to play for the upstart United Football League's Orlando franchise, set to begin play in October. Former New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett is the coach of the UFL Orlando team.
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