Agent: Vick wants to return to NFL by September

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - An agent for suspended NFL star Michael Vick says that he hopes the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback can be back in the league by September.

Joel Segal (SEE'-guhl) testified in a Virginia court Thursday afternoon as part of a hearing to assess Vick's bankruptcy plan. The plan was designed based on the goal of Vick returning to a professional football career.

Vick still has to apply to be reinstated to the NFL. If he is allowed to return, Segal says that he'd try to negotiate a one- or 2-year contract that would include incentives for playing time and a starting position.

Vick is serving a 23-month sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting operation. But Segal says when Vick tells him he's ready, they have a plan to get him working with strength and quarterback coaches.

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