NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday ordered Michael Vick to stay away from Falcons training camp until the league reviews the dogfighting charges against him. "While it is for the criminal justice system to determine your guilt or innocence, it is my responsibility ... to determine whether your conduct, even if not criminal, nonetheless violated league policies," Goodell wrote in a letter to the quarterback. Goodell told Vick the league would complete its review as quickly as possible. The Falcons open camp Thursday, the same day Vick is scheduled to be arraigned.
OUT OF BOUNDS
Mother benefits from uniform deal
As part of a deal to wear No. 30, new Texans running back Ahman Green donated $25,000 toward a down payment on a home for Regina Foster, a single mother whose son, Reggie, 7, is autistic. Green has worn No. 30 for his nine seasons. But safety Jason Simmons has worn it for Houston since 2003. Simmons, active in charities around Houston, had an idea. Monday, Foster got $50,000 with Texans owner Bob McNair contributing $25,000. In return, Foster, who works for a mortgage company, must do 100 hours of community service and contribute at least $1,500 toward the down payment. During a ceremony, Foster admitted she knows nothing about football and wasn't a Texans fan. "I just became one," she said.
SEASON OF THE DAY
1997: Before this one, the last time every Chargers draft pick had agreed to contracts before the opening of training camp. Monday, they signed six, including LSU receiver Craig Davis (first round, No. 30 overall) and Florida linebacker Brandon Siler (seventh round).
QUOTES OF THE DAY
"He's only 22. He's got his life in front of him, and they could take it away. He does a lot of praying."
Joseph Gavaldon, lawyer for Mitch Cozad, the Northern Colorado backup punter who goes on trial Monday for assault and attempted first-degree murder in the stabbing of starting punter Rafael Mendoza
"There's always got to be forgiveness. How long it takes? I don't know. I wouldn't want my son to be in his place. I'm glad my son didn't make the wrong choice."
Florence Mendoza, Mendoza's mother
CHECK IT OUT
Maybe Dungy will read the top 10 list
Tony Dungy is scheduled to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight (11:30, Ch. 10) to discuss his memoir, Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life.
at Orioles, 7:25, Camden Yards, Baltimore TV/radio: Ch. 66; 1250-AM