The Vick-Goodell meeting

An NFL spokesman did not deny a report in the Los Angeles Times that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick are meeting today in New York. The spokesman instead deferred to a later session that Goodell has scheduled with reporters. Vick figures to be a substantial topic of conversation.

The Eagles have been in the New York area since yesterday in advance of tonight's preseason finale against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands. Vick is expected to see a substantial amount of playing time in the second half tonight.

A source close to the situation told the Daily News last night that the Eagles expected a ruling on Vick's status before teams must cut down to the 53-man roster limit by 6 p.m. Saturday. That was in response to an ESPN report.

Goddell said earlier this week that he has been in weekly contact with Vick and that the quarterback was making the right kind of progress.

Goodell has said he would rule before Week 6 on Vick, who served 18 months in federal prison for his role in a dogfighting ring. Vick has not played in a regular-season game since the end of the 2006 season. Goodell could decide not to suspend Vick at all in the regular season, or for any number of games.

For Rich Hofmann's take on the reported meeting, click here.

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