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Vick spokesman on plea deal: 'Nothing decided'

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  • Without deal, Vick could face more charges when grand jury reconvenes
  • Two Vick co-defendants due in court Friday on plea deals
  • Third co-defendant's plea deal already approved; sentencing December 14
  • NFL star accused of organizing dog fights on his Virginia property
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RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) -- Michael Vick has not made a decision concerning a possible plea bargain in his federal dogfighting case, a spokesman for the NFL star said Wednesday.

NFL star Michael Vick after a court appearance last month.

Without an agreement in place by the end of this week, Vick could face new, more serious charges when a grand jury reconvenes on Monday.

Two co-defendants are due in court Friday to seek approval for pending plea deals and another defendant pleaded guilty, leaving only Vick in possible negotiations for a deal.

When asked about the possibility, Vick spokesman Collins Spencer III told CNN: "Nothing has been decided yet."

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback pleaded not guilty in July after a federal grand jury filed charges alleging that the athlete organized bloody and vicious dog fights on property Vick bought in 2001.

Prosecutors also accused him of transporting and delivering dogs across state lines.

On one occasion, earlier this year, Vick participated in killing eight dogs, prosecutors alleged.

The charges could put Vick in prison for up to six years and result in a $350,000 fine.

Vick, 27, one of pro football's highest-profile and highest-paid players, was released after entering his plea, but U.S. Magistrate Dennis Dohnal ordered him to surrender his passport and dog-breeding license; not to travel outside the district where his primary residence is located without approval; and not to buy or sell any dogs.

Vick's two co-defendants with pending plea deals are Purnell Peace, 35, and Quanis Phillips, 28.

A fourth defendant, Tony Taylor, 34, struck a plea deal July 30 and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution. His sentencing was scheduled for December 14.

According to documents filed in court last month, Taylor said he and co-defendants, including Vick, decided to start a dogfighting venture in early 2001 and that Vick paid for the property in Smithfield, Virginia, used for the operations. See timeline of case against Vick »

The four launched the venture, Bad Newz Kennels, in early 2002, Taylor said.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has barred Vick from playing with the Falcons until the completion of a league investigation into the case. The league could suspend him for up to a year.


Athletic shoe giant Nike has suspended Vick's contract and the sale of products bearing his name at Nike retail stores. Various other companies also have stepped away from Vick-related merchandise.

Vick is under a 10-year, $130 million contract with the Falcons in 2004. He was a standout at Virginia Tech and the first player chosen in the 2001 NFL draft. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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