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Vick Met Tuesday With DeMaurice Smith

DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, met Tuesday with suspended quarterback Michael Vick.

George Atallah, the union's assistant executive director of external affairs, confirmed the meeting in a telephone interview Wednesday.

Atallah said it was a one-on-one meeting between Smith and Vick, but declined to say where the meeting took place or reveal any other details.

The union is not taking a formal position on Vick's potential reinstatement.

Vick was released from federal custody Monday but remains on indefinite suspension by the NFL. He missed the last two seasons while serving his federal sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation in Virginia.

However, the union has expressed support for Vick on a personal level, with Smith having said in a previous written statement he's hopeful that Vick will get his life in order.

Sources say that Vick is to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, perhaps in the coming days, and one possibility is that Goodell could partially reinstate Vick, enabling the quarterback to sign with a team and practice in training camp but postponing a decision on Vick's eligibility to play in the coming season.

Vick is a free agent after being released by the Atlanta Falcons.

By Mark Maske  |  July 22, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  | Category:  Crime , League , Union Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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