FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) _ Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino
says he believes in quarterback Michael Vick and doesn't believe
his biggest star was involved in dog-fighting.
Petrino said he hopes the star quarterback will soon be cleared
of any connection to the dozens of dogs found last month at a home
he owns in Virginia.
Vick's cousin, who lived at the home, was the target of a drug
case that led authorities to search the property. Investigators
reported finding dozens of dogs -- some of them injured and
malnourished. They said there also were items associated with dog
fighting, such as treadmills for training, jaw-prying sticks,
veterinary drugs commonly used to treat wounds and blood-soaked
In a couple of interviews during the N-F-L draft, Vick blamed
wayward relatives for taking advantage of his generosity and said
he has rarely been to the house.
Petrino says Vick is working with his attorney to resolve the
situation. The coach says the Falcons are ``hoping for a positive
and quick outcome.''
The teams has a three-day minicamp this weekend. It is a crucial
phase in the installation of Petrino's offensive scheme and the
chance to break in several key rookies.
Vick has been a big part of the Falcons' offseason program --
working out with his teammates, meeting with the coaches and
studying film of the new scheme, which will require him to take a
more active role in the offense.
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