By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer
August 24, 2007
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons receiver Joe Horn welcomed the news that Michael Vick filed his plea agreement on dogfighting charges.
"I'm just glad that Mike is finally just dealing with it and doing what he had to do and understands the mistake he made," Horn said. "Hopefully he can go on with his life and he can come back and definitely play football."
The plea agreement was filed Friday and will be formally entered in U.S. District Court on Monday in Richmond, Va. Vick admitted to conspiracy in a dogfighting ring and helping kill pit bulls. He denied betting on the fights but said he bankrolled them.
Following Friday's practice, coach Bobby Petrino said he has not had time to read the 22-page legal document filed by Vick.
"I'm sure there will be some upcoming events and we'll be talking about it at a later time," Petrino said.
Joey Harrington, the team's new starting quarterback, said the plea agreement won't interfere with plans for his first home game with the Falcons. The Falcons, who played their first two preseason games on the road, will face Cincinnati in the Georgia Dome on Monday night.
"Our stance hasn't changed," Harrington said. "I think the organization did a good job of addressing things right away. We all wish Mike well as a family member and a teammate, but we have things we want to take care of this season."
Veteran running back Warrick Dunn said the latest development in the investigation would not disturb the team's preparations.
"I don't think anyone is really concerned about it," Dunn said. "There will be some reports and people will talk about it, but I think everyone here is focused on football. We can't control anything that happens that's not here."
Added Horn: "We're keeping the focus. We have a job to do. We're professionals. We have a job to do for our families, first of all, and for the organization. We owe it to our families, ourselves and to this owner to win football games, and that's what we'll do."
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