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Vick's plea could speed release

SUSSEX, Va. — Michael Vick pleaded guilty Tuesday to a state dogfighting charge, clearing the way for him to leave a federal prison and attempt an NFL comeback.

Vick, 28, was sentenced to three years of suspended jail time, none of which will be added to his 23-month federal prison sentence if he stays out of trouble for four years. The sentence was part of a plea agreement with Surry County (Va.) Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald Poindexter.

Poindexter dropped a charge of animal cruelty.

Vick is scheduled to leave prison in July. Now that he has resolved state charges, he can be released to a federal halfway house up to six months early.

Also, the house at the center of the dogfighting ring is back on the auction block. A listing on a Realty Web site says the five-bedroom house is scheduled to be auctioned Dec. 15, with bids starting at $590,000.

BROWNS: reported that quarterback Brady Quinn is out for the season with a broken right index finger. The Plain Dealer in Cleveland said only that Quinn was to visit specialist Dr. James Andrews today in Birmingham, Ala., for a second opinion.

COWBOYS: Quarterback Tony Romo said he soon hopes to play without a splint on his throwing hand, but he was still wearing it to protect his injured right pinkie in practice.

FALCONS: Wide receiver Michael Jenkins (four years) and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (five) received contract extensions. Jenkins is a former Leto High standout.

REDSKINS: Running back Shaun Alexander was released after 11 carries in five games.

SEAHAWKS: Four days after being benched, running back Julius Jones will start Thursday in Dallas, where he spent his first four seasons.

STEELERS: Running back Willie Parker (left knee) is questionable for Sunday's game at New England, and defensive end Brett Keisel (sprained knee) could miss three games.

TEXANS: Running back Ahman Green (left knee) was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

HALL OF FAME: First-time nominees Bruce Smith, Rod Woodson, Shannon Sharpe and John Randle are among 25 semifinalists. The list will be cut to 15 before the final vote Jan. 31 in Tampa. Among the ex-Bucs missing the cut were Doug Williams and Hardy Nickerson.

SCORING MARK: The league had more than 800 points scored in a weekend for the first time. There were 837 points in 16 games; the mark of 788 was done three times: Sept. 5-9, 2002; Dec. 5-6, 2004, and Dec. 29-30, 2007.

Vick's plea could speed release 11/25/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:27am]
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