NEW YORK NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is eligible to play beginning in the third game of the regular season.
Goodell met with Vick for 45 minutes Thursday before announcing his decision. Vick, a former Atlanta Falcons QB who was recently signed by the Eagles, played in last week's exhibition game and was expected to play against the New York Jets tonight.
Previously, Goodell said he would consider Vick for full reinstatement by no later than Week 6.
Vick was released from federal custody July 20 after serving 18 months of a 23-month sentence for his role in running a dogfighting ring.