NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to make his decision about Eagles QB Michael Vick‘s regular-season status by this weekend, and Monday at the latest, according to a league source.
Vick could be reinstated for Week 1 or could have to sit out until as late as Week 6. Of course, there is nothing forcing Goodell to make a decision before Saturday’s roster cutdown, but the Eagles ideally would like to know by then.
The Eagles are mulling whether or not to use Vick as a roster exemption — which would preclude him from practicing until reinstated — or whether to keep him on the active roster at the deadline, in which case he could participate in all portions of practice and would count against the 53-man roster. A team source indicated that the extent of Vick’s absence and the number of minor injuries the team faces entering Week 1 would be deciding factors in whether or not he is on the 53-man roster.
The Eagles also are looking to trade backup QB A.J. Feeley once they have a better feel for the extent of time that Vick will miss. If Vick can play early in the season, the team is more likely to try to deal Feeley quickly.
The timing might not work out perfectly for the Eagles in regards to having clarity on all of the issues by Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET roster cutdown deadline, but Goodell has thus far acted in a manner conducive to giving Vick the best possible chance to play and return in a swift fashion. Several league sources anticipate that will be the case again with this decision.