NFL.com just posted this cryptic statement: "The NFL has reinstated Michael Vick on a conditional basis. The former Falcons QB will be considered for full reinstatement and to play in regular-season games by Week 6." Um. Okay?
After half-an-hour, they finally explained what the heck that means. Vick can sign with a team now, he can practice, he can play in preseason games, but he's suspended for the first five weeks of the regular season. He will be able to do everything but play in games. Then he will almost be a real boy again!
Except that Tony Dungy will serve as his personal babysitter, he can't buy an ice cream cone with telling Roger Goodell about it in writing first, and if he slips up even one time ... well, you don't want to know what happens then.
From the letter from Goodell to Vick:
"As I emphasized to you when we met, as I have said in other cases, it is actions that count. I accept that you are sincere when you say that you want to, and will, turn your life around and that you intend to be a positive role model for others. I am prepared to offer you that opportunity. Whether you succeed is entirely in your hands.
"Needless to say, your margin for error is extremely limited. I urge you to take full advantage of the resources available to support you and to dedicate yourself to rebuilding your life and your career. If you do this, the NFL will support you."
No more dog killings. Got it.