The clock is winding down on Michael Vick and his worsening legal position as two more of his co-defendants pleaded guilty in federal court today, as expected.
The two are Purnell A. Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Quanis L. Phillips, 28, of Atlanta. Each pleaded guilty to one charge related to the alleged dogfighting operation that federal investigators say was headquartered at Vick's property in Smithfield, Va. Phillips was taken into custody because he tested positive for drugs while free on bond.
The two promised to help the government in any further prosecution, obviously meaning that if Vick should he go to trial. Another man, Tony Taylor, already pleaded guilty and also promised to cooperate.
It has been reported that Vick was facing a deadline of today to plead guilty or perhaps face even more charges -- and possibly more prison time -- as a result of a superseding indictment. Vick has been told to stay away from the Atlanta Falcons training camp and the NFL has a former deputy attorney general looking into the case to help determine what punishment the quarterback may face from the league.