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Vick has been working with trainer Shaw for weeks

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Quarterback Michael Vick became a free man after completing a nearly two-year sentence for his involvement in a dog fighting operation. But his attempt to return to the NFL began several weeks ago.

Vick hired speed and conditioning coach Tom Shaw, who has spent the past three weekends training the former Falcons star in the backyard of Vick's suburban Virginia home.

Shaw, who lists Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler among his former clients on his website, normally trains athletes at Disney's Wide World of Sports. But Vick spent the past two months under home confinement until completing his sentence Monday.

Vick, 29, has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL and has to be reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday, "The review of his status is ongoing. We are providing no other details at this time.''

Vick has kept a low profile since his release from federal prison, where he served 18 months of his sentence. He doesn't want his comeback attempt to make him a more polarizing figure, the way news reports have hurt Brett Favre.

Shaw said Vick is in good shape and naturally fast enough to run a 4.4 40-yard dash at this time. But Shaw has been working with Vick on 'explosive movement.' While Vick has spent about 1 hour per day on a treadmill during home confinement, most of his training has been distance running for conditioning purposes.

Although there has been a lot of speculation that Vick might be forced to play another position if he is able to return to the NFL, Shaw said the training program for Vick is geared to specifically sharpen his skills as a quarterback.

It's unknown which teams might have an interest in Vick, who likely would prefer an audience with Vick as soon as possible with training camps set to open in the NFL in two weeks.

"He knows he's made a mistake, he's very remorseful and he's very humble,'' Shaw said.

The Bucs have said they have no interest in signing Michael Vick, but once he's reinstated, he'll likely receive interest from several teams.  

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:35pm]

    

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