NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Vick says he's grateful to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for giving him a chance to play again.
Goodell today announced that he's conditionally reinstating the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, who was suspended after Vick admitted bankrolling a dogfighting operation on his property in Virginia. The crime resulted in a federal sentence of nearly two years for Vick.
In a statement, Vick says he's had a chance to "mature as an individual" during that time, and to "understand the terrible mistakes" he's made.
Under the terms of his reinstatement, he can take part in pre-season practices as soon as he finds a team that wants to sign him. A number of teams have already said they don't want him.
Once the season begins, Vick can take part in all team activities except games. The commissioner says he'll consider Vick for full reinstatement by mid-October, at the latest.
In a letter to Vick, Goodell says he accepts that Vick is sincere about wanting to turn his life around and be a "positive role model for others." He says it's entirely up to Vick whether he succeeds at that.
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