NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed Eagles QB Michael Vick on Thursday that he will be reinstated for the third game of the regular season, Jason La Canfora reports.
Goodell met with Vick earlier today, and Eagles coach Andy Reid also attended. Goodell said he also spoke at length with former NFL coach Tony Dungy, who has served as a mentor to Vick in recent months.
“Ultimately, it was my decision,” Goodell told a group of national media members Thursday.
Asked why he decided on the third week of the regular season versus the regular-season opener, Goodell responded: “I do not want him to be put in a position where he’s overwhelmed.”
Goodell also said Vick understood the ruling.
“He’s very realistic about the challenges ahead,” Goodell said.
Vick will see his last live game action for several weeks tonight in the Eagles’ preseason finale against the Jets at 7 p.m. ET (live on NFL Network).
Earlier Thursday, Goodell told SIRIUS Radio that part of his discussion with Vick revolved around media reports that he consumed an alcoholic beverage. Goodell then clarified the situation, saying Vick had a drink with his dinner, and said it wasn’t a violation of the probation. But he later noted to media members that the episode — and the attention it drew — serve as a reminder of just how closely Vick must abide by all statutes and to what degree he is being watched.
“I wanted to use it as a reinforcement that he is under a tremendous microscope here,” Goodell told SIRIUS Radio’s Chris Russo. ”People are going to jump to conclusions, people are going to frame it in a way that he may not be able control. He has to be very careful of that.”
Goodell, who said he isn’t concerned about Vick from a “football standpoint,” reiterated he is trying to do whatever he can to help Vick as a person. He referred to Vick’s progress as a “step by step” process and said he hopes the QB will apply the life lessons he learns to the rest of his life.
“I believe he is recognizing these are life-management skills,” Goodell said.