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Goodell Rules Vick Can Return to Play in Regular Season In Week Three

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has spoken, and all new Eagles QB Michael Vick will miss is two regular season games. Goodell made the announcement today that Vick will be allowed to take the field in week three of the regular season. At first Goodell said that Vick could have been stopped from playing for up to six weeks, but after the QB has shown remorse for his off the field actions, Goodell decided two weeks was enough punishment.

Missing the first two games means that the 29-year-old Eagles quarterback can suit up when Philadelphia hosts Kansas City September 27th at Lincoln Financial Field vs the Chiefs. Vick will miss the team’s opening game at Carolina and another at home against New Orleans. The Eagles get a bye in week four. “Ultimately, it was my decision,” Goodell said. “He’s very realistic about the challenges ahead.”

Vick and Goodell met on Thursday at the team’s hotel in New Jersey prior to the ruling. Vick has not taken an NFL regular-season snap since December 2006, spending 19 months in an American jail after pleading guilty to charges stemming from running a dogfighting ring at his house in Virginia. He did score a TD and play Thursday night at the Meadowlands for the Eagles as they took on the New York Jets.

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