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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

And you thought the Bucs had problems?



I would not want to be on the Atlanta Falcons beat these days. What a mess Mike Vick appears to have gotten himself into with Tuesday's federal indictment in an alleged dog-fighting ring. Good luck to the guys having to sort it all out.

You know, for all the issues the Bucs have with their own quarterbacks, they seem to pale in comparison to this brouhaha. Sure, Chris Simms still hasn't regained his form nearly a year after his splenectomy, the ever-erratic Bruce Gradkowski could end up being the backup and Jake Plummer is... well, we don't know where Jake is.

But it could be worse, Buc fans. While the league hasn't indicated that it will take any action against Vick before the outcome of his case, commissioner Roger Goodell has a lot to consider here. He's taken action against other players in similar situations, though -- in most cases -- those players had prior legal transgressions. Still, the league has set a precedent in the recent past by not hesitating to act before a player's case has made its way through the legal system (i.e. Pacman Jones).

So, if the league acts and Vick is suspended for any length of time, we're talking about the Falcons lining up Joey Harrington, a player even the Dolphins didn't want despite Cleo Lemon being their best quarterback option at the beginning of the offseason. We tend to think Jon Gruden would be okay with this in the Bucs' two meetings against the Falcons.

Anyhow, any thoughts on what the league should do here? Wait or act now? I'm still undecided. What do you think?

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:46pm]


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