Michael Vick's plea day is beginning to unfold.
Vick appeared today in federal court, where he formally entered his guilty plea and heard Judge Henry E. Hudson warn that he could impose the maximum sentence of five years and that Vick would have no right of appeal. It would certainly be surprising if Vick got the max. The popular speculation is that prosecutors will suggest a 12- to 18-month sentence.
Vick is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10. Since time is crucial to Vick, he'll want to begin serving as soon as practical. There were apparently Vick supporters and detractors awaiting his courthouse arrival today. He showed up in a SUV and was escorted by attorneys.
At 11:30 a.m., Vick is supposed to make a public statement and take no questions. Falcons management will have its own news conference at 12:30 p.m. Then, in an odd twist, the Falcons play a home preseason game against the Bengals tonight (8 p.m., ESPN).
We'll pass along updates as we get them.