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Friday, July 2, 2010 Philadelpha Inquirer

The travails of Michael Vick might seem minor compared to what Andy Reid has encountered during his USO tour, but the Eagles coach has been able to monitor the Virginia Beach shooting that has swept his quarterback into a maelstrom from Germany and Afghanistan.

“I have spoken to Michael and I’ve looked into the situation,” Reid said Friday by telephone. “I’m aware of the things that are happening and I’ll continue to be kept abreast about any recent developments.”

So has he made a decision, in light of media and public calls for the Eagles to cut ties with Vick, about his backup quarterback’s future?

“Nothing has been decided,” Reid said. “I’m standing by the statement the team released last week.”

Last Friday, the Eagles said that they were “in the process of gathering all the facts” on the shooting that occurred outside a nightclub that was hosting Vick’s 30th birthday party, and that they would “not have any comment” until they had completed their investigation.

The NFL, too, is conducting its own investigation. Virginia Beach police do not have any suspects and have not made any arrests. Vick issued a denial Thursday in a statement released by his lawyers, saying that he was not involved in the shooting that maimed a codefendant in his dogfighting case.

Eagles sources said Thursday that the team was standing by Vick at this juncture unless further details emerge. Reid declined to say if the Eagles were waiting to make a decision until he returns from his tour. He expects to be back in the United States sometime early next week.

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