Vick in Va. to plead guilty to dogfighting charges

The Baltimore Sun

Michael Vick is back in Virginia to plead guilty to state dogfighting charges, a move he hopes will expedite his return to society - and pro football.

The quarterback is being held in protective custody at the Hopewell Regional Jail, superintendent Darnley Hodge said yesterday.

Vick arrived Thursday from the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., where he's serving a 23-month sentence for a dogfighting conviction.

Vick, 28, is due to appear Tuesday in Surry County Circuit Court, where he's expected to plead guilty to two felony counts in a deal with prosecutors that calls for a suspended sentence and probation. The plea would resolve his last pending criminal charges, and his lawyers hope it would make him eligible for early release from prison into a halfway house designed to ease his return to society. Vick is scheduled to be released from Leavenworth on July 20, 2009, according to the Bureau of Prisons Web site.

Giants: : Wide receiver Plaxico Burress was limited at practice with an injury to his right hamstring, and his status will be a game-time decision tomorrow when the Super Bowl champions play the Cardinals.

Jets: : Rookie quarterback Erik Ainge was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on steroids and related substances. Ainge is on injured reserve with a foot injury.

Cowboys:: The NFL confirmed that suspended cornerback Adam Jones can join the team Monday and that he can play again Dec. 7 against the Steelers - but only if he stays on his best behavior, commissioner Roger Goodell said.

Redskins: : Coach Jim Zorn said running back Clinton Portis will be a game-time decision for tomorrow's game against the Seahawks, although Portis has given every indication that he will play.

Bengals: : Receiver Chad Ocho Cinco was back at work, a day after being sent home for disciplinary reasons. Coach Marvin Lewis said he expects Ocho Cinco to play against the Ravens on Nov. 30, the Bengals' next game. ... Cornerback Johnathan Joseph will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.

Colts: : Coach Tony Dungy said there's a good chance cornerback Kelvin Hayden (knee surgery) will return to the starting lineup for tomorrow night's game at San Diego but the status of safety Bob Sanders (knee) probably will be a game-time decision.

Bills: : Starting safety Donte Whitner (shoulder) and starting cornerback Jabari Greer (knee) won't play against the Chiefs tomorrow.


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