Timeline of Michael Vick’s NFL return
A look at Michael Vick’s return to the NFL from a federal
May 20, 2009 – After 18 months in custody, Vick is released from
the Leavenworth, Kan., prison to begin two months of home
confinement at his Hampton, Va., home.
July 20, 2009 – Vick is released from federal custody.
July 27, 2009 – Vick is conditionally reinstated by NFL
Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Aug. 13, 2009 – Vick signs a one-year contract with an option
for a second with the Philadelphia Eagles. He can take part in
preseason practices, workouts, meetings and the final two preseason
games. Vick can apply for full reinstatement by Week 6 in
Aug. 27, 2009 – Vick plays briefly in an exhibition game against
Jacksonville. It’s his first appearance in an NFL game in nearly 32
Sept. 4, 2009 – Goodell says Vick can return for regular-season
play on Sept. 27.
Sept. 27, 2009 – An emotional Vick gets in for 11 plays,
carrying the ball once for 7 yards, throwing two incompletions and
either handing off or acting as a decoy on his other eight plays as
the Eagles defeat Kansas City 34-14.
January 2010 – Vick finishes the season having played in 12
games, going 6 of 13 for 86 yards passing and rushing for another
March 9, 2010 – Vick says the Eagles have exercised their 2010
option on him, meaning he receives a $1.5 million roster bonus.
June 25, 2010 – A co-defendant of Vick’s is shot at the
quarterback’s birthday party in Virginia Beach, Va. Authorities,
the NFL and the Eagles investigate.
Aug. 3, 2010 – Goodell tells Vick he will not face disciplinary
action for the shooting and no charges are pressed against him.
There is no change in his playing status with the Eagles and Vick
says he did nothing wrong.
Sept. 12, 2010 – When Kevin Kolb sustains a concussion, Vick
replaces him and leads the Eagles in their 27-20 opening-day loss
to Green Bay. He’s stuffed on a late fourth-down play but finishes
with 175 yards passing and rushes for 103.
Sept. 19, 2010 – With Kolb still out, Vick starts against
Detroit, his first time as a starting QB since 2006. He goes 21 of
34 for 284 yards and two TDs, runs for 37 yards, and the Eagles
beat the Lions 35-32.
Sept. 20, 2010 – Eagles coach Andy Reid says Kevin Kolb will be
the starting quarterback at Jacksonville in the next game, despite
Vick’s performances the last two weeks.
Sept. 21, 2010 – The Eagles reverse course and announce in a
text message that Vick is their starting quarterback.