Falcons, NFL Issue Statements on Vick

Following the news that Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick had agreed to plead guilty to federal charges involving dogfighting, both the Falcons organization and the NFL issued statements.

The big news Monday came from Atlanta Falcons headquarters regarding the plea bargain which was made public from embattled QB Michael Vick. The team released a statement to address Vick's plea on the issue:

"We are certainly troubled with the news today concerning Michael Vick's guilty plea to federal charges. It is our understanding that the terms of Michael's plea will not be available until next Monday, August 27. Additionally, Commissioner Goodell has asked us not to take any action until he has completed his own review of Michael's situation. Accordingly, we will have no further comment until that time."

The NFL also issued their own statement on Monday:

"We are aware of Michael Vick's decision to enter a guilty plea to the federal charges against him and accept responsibility for his conduct. We totally condemn the conduct outlined in the charges, which is inconsistent with what Michael Vick previously told both our office and the Falcons. We will conclude our own review under the league's personal conduct policy as soon as possible. In the meantime, we have asked the Falcons to continue to refrain from taking action pending a decision by the commissioner."

With Vick likely to be done playing for a long time to come or for good, veteran QB Joey Harrington will continue to be the starter for the club this season.

Meanwhile, the team could be in the market for another quarterback due to the knee injury to second-year QB D.J. Shockley. Currently Harrington, Chris Redman, and Casey Bramlet are the only healthy quarterbacks on the roster.

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