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Vick close to signing?

Agent says many teams interested

Associated Press / August 12, 2009

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It seems “a lot of teams’’ are interested in Michael Vick. The Redskins, apparently, aren’t one of them.

Vick intrigue spiked yesterday when his agent, Joel Segal, made an appearance at a Redskins training camp practice. Segal, however, said he had dropped by to visit his Redskins clients, including Jason Campbell, DeAngelo Hall, and LaRon Landry.

“No. No chance,’’ Segal said when asked about the possibility of Vick signing with Washington.

In an interview with ESPN 980, Segal said he was “very optimistic’’ that Vick would sign with an NFL team soon.

“There are a lot of teams interested . . . It’s not a matter of if, but when,’’ Segal said. “And Mike’s excited with the opportunity that the commissioner has given him. He’s ready to go help a club win.’’

Vick was conditionally reinstated by the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last month after the former Falcons quarterback completed a 23-month sentence for running a dogfighting ring.

Meanwhile, in Hampton, Va., Vick told basketball campers at Hampton University to use his own story as an example as they work to follow their dreams.

Vick, who last month finished his federal prison sentence, told a crowd of about 250 to “use me as an example for your dreams.’’

Vick also told them that after accomplishing his goals he “allowed someone who didn’t have my best interests at heart to take all that away from me,’’ according to a release from the school.

“Respect helps you to make wise decisions,’’ Vick said.

Grounded Jets
Cornerback Darrelle Revis and nose tackle Kris Jenkins will be among four starters who’ll miss the Jets’ preseason opener against the Rams Friday because of injuries. Coach Rex Ryan said center Nick Mangold and right tackle Damien Woody also will sit out the home game. None of the injuries are serious, but Ryan said the team was being cautious. Revis has missed a few practices with tightness in his left hamstring, while Jenkins has been out since the second day of camp with a strained left calf muscle. Mangold injured his right knee Sunday, while Woody took a blow to the head Monday . . . Bills receiver Terrell Owens missed practice and is day to day because of a sprained toe. Coach Dick Jauron said it was too early to determine whether Owens would play in Buffalo’s preseason home opener against Chicago Saturday.

Smith hopeful
Panthers receiver Steve Smith hopes to be recovered from a right shoulder injury and play in the regular-season opener. The four-time Pro Bowl pick spoke to reporters wearing a sling, the day after he was hurt in a collision with cornerback Chris Gamble. X-rays were negative, but he declined to say if he had a separated shoulder . . . Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker waived his preliminary hearing in a marijuana possession charge, according to online court records . . . Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been convicted of assault and other felony charges in San Diego. Phillips had been accused of choking his girlfriend on two occasions in August 2005, once into unconsciousness. He faces up to 25 years in prison when he’s sentenced next month.

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