Michael Vick will serve his prison sentence in Kansas, and he could be out sooner than expected.
Vick has been transported to a minimum security camp in Leavenworth, where he plans to participate in a drug treatment program, his attorneys said Monday.
If he completes the program, Vick could have up to a year shaved off his 23-month prison term for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy. A source close to the suspended NFL quarterback said Vick, 27, could be released to a halfway house by November.
"He is hopeful that following his release he will have the opportunity to resume his career as a professional football player," Vick's attorneys, Billy Martin and Lawrence H. Woodward Jr., said in a joint statement.
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An early release date could clear the way for Vick to attempt a comeback after missing two seasons. That's assuming NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't suspend Vick into the 2009-10 season, and that Vick doesn't have to serve more prison time on state charges.
The native of Newport News, Va., still faces two felony charges in Surry County with a trial date of April 2. The prosecutor in that case, Surry County Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald Poindexter, said last month he wouldn't seek to give Vick credit from his federal sentence for any state time he receives if convicted on the local charges.
The state charges -- one each for dogfighting and animal cruelty -- carry maximum prison sentences of five years.
COLTS' SANDERS IS TOPS ON 'D' -- Bob Sanders' impact on the vastly improved Indianapolis defense, not to mention his impact on opposing ball carriers, earned the Colts safety The Associated Press 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
Sanders makes highlight films with his smash-mouth style and knack for being near the ball. His value as a leader was as much a factor in the Colts having the third-ranked unit in the NFL and allowing a league-low 262 points.
"One of the things we talked about when he first got here was how critical this position is in this defense," said coach Tony Dungy, who has nicknamed Sanders "The Eraser."
"Donnie Shell went to five Pro Bowls, and John Lynch went to I don't even know how many Pro Bowls. You get asked to do a lot of things in this defense, and it's rare to find someone who can do those things."
Sanders earned 31 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who cover the NFL. Next in the balloting were Seattle end Patrick Kerney and Tennessee tackle Albert Haynesworth with four votes each.
TEAMMATES COUNTING ON LIMPING T.O. -- Terrell Owens was still limping on his sprained left ankle and his status for the Cowboys' playoff game Sunday was uncertain, though some teammates expect him to play.
"Absolutely we're all counting on him playing," tight end Jason Witten said. "He's a tough guy. Nobody wants it more than he wants it himself to get out there and play. He's a quick healer, and he looked good out there, I thought."
Coach Wade Phillips said Owens was limited in a light workout Monday, the first for the top-seeded Cowboys since learning they'll play the Giants in an NFC divisional playoff.
QUICK HITTERS -- Eagles General Manager Tom Heckert was interviewed in the Falcons' ongoing search to restructure their front office. Falcons owner Arthur Blank would like to hire a replacement for Rich McKay, his GM since December 2003, before deciding on his next coach. ... Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, son of former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer, became the fifth candidate to interview for the Ravens' head coaching vacancy. ... Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will interview today for the Dolphins' head coaching job. ... The Rams fired offensive coordinator Greg Olson and offensive line coach Paul Boudreau following a 3-13 season.