- The Washington Times - Friday, May 22, 2009

From combined dispatches

After Michael Vick’s frenzied first couple of hours at his Hampton, Va., home - probation officers stopped by, and his attorney briefly addressed the media horde camped out in the cul-de-sac - things seemed to settle down outside the house.

The media ranks thinned out, and the curious onlookers who had lingered hoping to get a glimpse of the suspended NFL star were long gone. With the first meeting with local probation officers out of the way, inside the house Vick reunited with his family - before the work of rebuilding his life can begin in earnest.

“He is obviously delighted to be home,” his Virginia-based attorney, Lawrence Woodward, told reporters.

There was no word directly from Vick. Woodward said the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback remains a federal inmate as he serves two months of home confinement to complete his 23-month sentencing for a dogfighting conspiracy and he cannot speak to the media without permission from the Bureau of Prisons. Efforts to get permission are under way, he said.

Vick also remained mostly out of sight, arriving in a sport utility vehicle with blackout curtains. The SUV, leading a four-vehicle caravan carrying a security team and others, cruised directly into a side garage. Later, Vick emerged only briefly, accompanied by a probation officer on the deck behind the five-bedroom house as they tested the electronic monitor Vick will wear for two months.

STEELERS: President Obama may be a Chicago Bears fan at heart. But at least Thursday, the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers were his football favorites.

The president celebrated the Steelers’ title at a White House ceremony. Obama and the players also met with wounded U.S. service members and assembled care packages for troops serving overseas.

Obama joked that no matter how big those Steelers players are, he told them he’ll always be a Bears fan first. But the president said he rooted for the Steelers over the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl.

Steelers president Dan Rooney campaigned for Obama in Pennsylvania during last year’s presidential election. In March, Obama named Rooney as ambassador to Ireland.

BROWNS: Wide receiver and return specialist Josh Cribbs attended a team meeting after previously threatening to skip the voluntary minicamp this week.

Cribbs, trying to renegotiate his contract, missed the first two days but met with coach Eric Mangini following the full team meeting. Mangini wasn’t sure whether Cribbs would take part in team workouts later in the day.

COWBOYS: Dallas won’t return to its practice facility until after training camp, and the team has no immediate plans to replace an indoor structure destroyed in a storm.

The May 2 accident at the team’s complex in Irving left 12 people hurt. The roof came down in a thunderstorm during a rookie workout.

Owner Jerry Jones said Thursday the team is letting a federal investigation into the collapse of the tentlike structure “run its course.” Jones said he’s making plans to have the practice fields ready when the Cowboys return from San Antonio in August.

VIKINGS: Brad Childress says Brett Favre “was worth a conversation,” but the coach insists the veteran quarterback remains retired - as far as he knows.

Childress addressed the subject after the team practiced at Winter Park. He says the last time he spoke with Favre was on the phone several weeks ago.

Asked whether he could rule out the possibility of signing the 39-year-old Favre, Childress declined. But the coach says he’s not “entertaining” the idea and is more focused on the players currently on the team.

LIONS: Detroit signed veteran offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam as a free agent.

The 32-year-old Salaam has played for four teams since being drafted by Atlanta in the seventh round of the 1998 draft. He spent the last three seasons playing for Houston.

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