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In a separate matter, sources close to Vick told ESPN.com that his legal team is exploring its options in attempting to have his sentencing by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson moved to an earlier date. Those same sources said the Vick camp has yet to hear directly from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about a face-to-face meeting with the banished quarterback.
Hudson on Monday set Dec. 10 for sentencing Vick. Federal authorities have recommended that Vick serve a sentence of 12-18 months, ESPN's Kelly Naqi reported. Hudson, however, does not have to accept that recommendation. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported Monday that Goodell likely will meet with Vick before the Falcons' star begins serving prison time.
NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw, perhaps communicating with Vick's lead counsel, Billy Martin, may play some role in arranging such a meeting.
-- Len Pasquarelli