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Vick Cleared for Week 3 Return

NEW YORK - Michael Vick received a personal visit and the news he was waiting for from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday: He's cleared to be fully reinstated for the third week of the regular season when the Philadelphia Eagles host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 27.

Goodell, who had said he might wait until the sixth weekend to rule on Vick's return, announced his decision late Thursday during a news briefing at the NFL's headquarters.

Earlier in the day, Goodell visited Vick for 50 minutes at a Newark hotel where the Eagles stayed before their preseason finale at the New York Jets.

"We would like to see him be successful," Goodell said. "This is a transition to hopefully maximize the opportunity for him to be successful."

The timing helps Eagles coach Andy Reid determine roster moves before Saturday's final cutdown to 53 players. In order for Vick to practice before Week 3, he must be one of the 53.

Goodell said input from Reid regarding Vick's progress was helpful, and he decided on Week 3 to allow Vick, 29, more time to get acclimated and move his family to Philadelphia.

"It's a step process," Goodell said. "I don't want him to get overwhelmed."

Goodell said he is under the impression that Vick, on probation after serving a 20-month sentence for his role in a dogfighting ring, could begin community outreach activities in Philadelphia with the Humane Society within 30 days.

Goodell, meanwhile, said the revelation that Vick was seen drinking alcohol recently at an airport hotel restaurant did not violate conditions related to full reinstatement.

"I think it highlights the tremendous microscope this young man is under," Goodell said. "He understands he has very little margin for error. I think it served as a useful lesson for him in that sense."

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