This view has received a lot of push back from both those inside and out of the league. However, today Chris Mortenson of ESPN.com reports that Goodell will likely reinstate Vick into the NFL within 2-6 weeks of the start of the 2009 season. In his article, Mortenson even included a quote from an unnamed NFL league source that called into doubt whether Goodell even has the power to suspend Michael Vick:
"Can we suspend him in basically double jeopardy?" asked the league source.
"That's the question."
So, why this change of heart within the NFL front office?
My guess is that with the Supreme Court soon planning to hear the case American Needle v. NFL--a case in which the NFL teams are going to ask for a broad-based antitrust exemption-- NFL club-owners are being especially carefully to avoid any player complaints about the league circumventing antitrust law.
It is possible a change in leadership at the NFLPA might have also played a positive role.