Michael Vick has been conditionally reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Vick could be fully reinstated by Week 6 of the 2009 season. He can sign with a team, though, and play in the final two games of the preseason.
It is not likely that he will become a starter his first game out, as he has been out of the NFL for two years and will need some training.
According to USA Today and the Associated Press, Tony Dungy will mentor Vick while he tries to get into playing shape.
Vick has publicly thanked Goodell for his reinstatement with this statement:
"I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Commissioner Goodell for allowing me to be readmitted to the National Football League," Vick said. "I fully understand that playing football in the NFL is a privilege, not a right, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity I have been given.
"As you can imagine, the last two years have given me time to re-evaluate my life, mature as an individual and fully understand the terrible mistakes I have made in the past and what type of life I must lead moving forward."
Goodell also wrote this in a letter to Vick:
"My decision at that time will be based on reports from outside professionals, your probation officer, and others charged with supervising your activities, the quality of your work outside football, the absence of any further adverse involvement in law enforcement, and other concrete actions that you take that are consistent with your representations to me."
Terrell Owens has voiced support for Vick to be the Bills starter. Other teams that could use Vick are San Francisco, Miami, Oakland, and St. Louis.