The Falcons play the Colts in Atlanta in a Thanksgiving Day prime-time game to be televised by the NFL's own network. It's inconceivable that Roger Goodell will subject the league to the humiliation of having Michael Vick play in that game on his network four days before he walks into a courtroom in Richmond, Va., to stand trial on dogfighting charges that have outraged the nation. Expect Goodell to announce in the next few weeks that the league's review has turned up indisputable facts that Vick violated the NFL's personal conduct policy and he is suspended for the season. Vick co-defendent Tony Taylor is already looking to cop a plea in a hearing tomorrow. Eric Holder, a former Deputy Attorney General under President Bill Clinton who is now a partner in a Washington law firm that is the league's outside counsel, is working along with NFL security in the league's investigation. "No way Vick is playing this year," one general manager said Friday. "He couldn't go into a stadium. There would be a riot. The league couldn't have that embarrassment. Then it's not about the game. It's about him. The league has to distance themselves as far away from Vick as they can. (Goodell) can't let him play to safeguard the NFL. The guy can't play this year. Everybody knows it."
Signs Point To Season Ban For Vick