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Developments in the Michael Vick case seem to be picking up momentum as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with representatives of the ASPCA today and animal rights advocates protested outside NFL headquarters. Meanwhile, ESPN is reporting that there is some sentiment within the league that Vick should take a voluntary paid leave while he handles his legal problems regarding the federal indictment on dogfighting-related charges.

If Vick were placed on some sort of paid leave, the Falcons would be responsible for his $6 million base salary. As everyone involved clearly recognizes, the public furor is only going to intensify.  Just consider the foreseeable events -- a Vick court appearance scheduled for next week; whenever he would arrive at the Falcons' training camp, and still another likely indictment from local prosecutors in Virginia. It would all seem to make life unbearable for both the quarterback and his team.

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