Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin says Michael Vick has finished a 23-month prison term for dogfighting -- and shouldn't have to wait much longer to return to the NFL.
The former Dallas Cowboy told The Associated Press: "The law has spoken and spoken severely."
Irvin in 1996 pleaded no contest to drug charges and avoided prison -- but was suspended for five games.
Vick, who last month was dropped by Atlanta, must convince NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of his readiness to return. Irvin suggested some well-publicized meetings and, if all goes well, the suspension should be lifted a few weeks before the regular season opens.
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Irvin suggested Vick would fit in great with the New England Patriots.