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Reinstated Vick not getting any bites

A day after the quarterback was conditionally reinstated to the league, only the Baltimore Ravens would directly acknowledge evaluating him.

NEW YORK // If any NFL teams are interested in Michael Vick, they are keeping quiet about it. A day after the quarterback was conditionally reinstated to the league, only the Baltimore Ravens would directly acknowledge evaluating him. "We've had long discussions about Michael Vick and we have a feeling about how he would impact our team and not impact our team," the Ravens' coach, John Harbaugh, said.

The team's general manager, Ozzie Newsome, would not comment, but previously, he has said the Ravens have enough quarterbacks. Other teams either refused comment or insisted they wouldn't pick up the former Atlanta Falcons star, who served almost two years in prison for running a dog-fighting ring and was released from home confinement on July 20. The NFL's Commissioner, Roger Goodell, said on Monday that Vick could immediately take part in pre-season practices, workouts and meetings and could play in the final two pre-season games - if he was able to find a team.

Once the season begins, Goodell said he would consider Vick for full reinstatement by Week Six at the latest. Two clubs that might have seemed like a logical destination - the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals - said they would not pursue Vick. One organisation that would love to have Vick is the upstart UFL. The four-team league plan to kick off a six-game season in October. "I still think we are the best option for him," the UFL commissioner, Michael Huyghue, said. Huyghue suggested Vick could prove to NFL teams that he is ready to return - on and off the field - during the UFL season.

* AP