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Falcons Would Have Suspended Vick

Michael Vick will not be at Falcons training camp until after NFL investigation is over Michael Vick will not be at Falcons training camp until after NFL investigation is over
Falcons Owner Arthur Blank calls details in Vick's indictment "horrific" Falcons Owner Arthur Blank calls details in Vick's indictment "horrific"
Falcons Coach Bobby Petrino says he wants the team to focus on training camp, not Vick case Falcons Coach Bobby Petrino says he wants the team to focus on training camp, not Vick case

(AP) - The Atlanta Falcons planned to suspend quarterback Michael Vick for four games until the NFL asked them to hold off while it conducts its own investigation.

What remains unclear is whether Vick has played his final game for the Falcons.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said at a news conference today that the behavior outlined in the indictment against Vick "is really horrific."

But Blank said the indictment only contains charges, and the legal process has to be allowed to play out.

Blank said he would encourage Vick not to worry about playing football at all in 2007 while the federal dogfighting case against him is pending.

Training camp begins Thursday, the same day Vick is scheduled to be arraigned in Richmond. The Falcons felt they had to make a decision on the player who led them to the NFC championship game during the 2004 season and last year became the first quarterback in league history to rush for a thousand yards.

For now, Joey Harrington is Atlanta's starting quarterback.

Teams are allowed to impose disciplinary suspensions of up to four games, while the league can hand out harsher penalties.

Since the end of last season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has used a new personal conduct policy to suspend Adam "pacman" Jones of the Tennessee Titans for the entire 2007 season; and Chris Henry of Cincinnati and former Chicago Bear Tank Johnson for eight games each.

Blank said the Falcons had gone so far as to draft a letter. But the commissioner asked them not to take action until the league completes its review.

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