28 Jul 2009

Vick reinstated to NFL

2:58 pm on 28 July 2009

American football quarterback Michael Vick has been reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis and may be able to play by the sixth week of the regular season.

Vick, who completed a 23-month sentence for bankrolling a dog-fighting ring, will be considered for full reinstatement for the NFL in October based on the progress he makes in his transition plan.

Vick says he's grateful to be given the chance to play again and wanted to express his sincere gratitude and appreciation to Commissioner Roger Goodell for allowing him to be readmitted to the National Football League.

Vick, a former number one overall pick in the NFL Draft and All-Pro quarterback, says he's learned from the experience and will continue to receive mentoring from former NFL coach Tony Dungy, who steered the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl title.

Vick played six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons but was released by the club following his conviction.

The 29-year-old quarterback is currently a free agent and able to sign with any team. If he signs for a team he will be allowed to practise through the summer and will be able to play in the final two preseason games.