Atlanta Falcons release Michael Vick

July 20, 2009 5:37:27 AM PDT
Attorney says Michael Vick released from federal custody after serving dogfighting term.

Vick's attorney Lawrence Woodward said Vick was released from federal custody Monday at his home in Virginia. Vick had been under home confinement for the last two months of his 23-month sentence.

The federal Bureau of Prisons had listed Vick's release date as Monday.

In June, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team relinquished its contractual rights to Michael Vick.

"Michael remains suspended by the NFL," Dimitroff said. "However, in the event NFL commissioner Roger Goodell decides to reinstate Michael, we feel his best opportunity to re-engage his football career would be at another club."

The move was no surprise. Owner Arthur Blank has said Vick would not return to the Falcons.

Freedom will allow Vick to step up his efforts to resume his pro football career. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said he will review Vick's status after the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback completes his sentence.

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