Sometimes a rumor grows to the point that refuting it benefits the public interest. Whether that is the case with today's buzz regarding Michael Vick and a possible union with the Patriots is subject for debate.
Michael Vick enters a U.S. District courthouse today in Newport News, Va. (AP)
My feeling is that some clarity would help.
This is what I know, and feel strong enough to put my name behind: Vick did not work out for the Patriots today, he is not scheduled to work out for the Patriots in the future, and he is not under consideration to be signed to the team.
(Update 5:22 p.m. -- The Patriots are now confirming that Vick was not in New England today, which is in response to a Miami Herald blog post)
Bill Belichick's responses today in his press conference might have stoked the rumors a bit, but I think he was just following his standard script when it comes to an available player. If he publicly ruled out a player, he'd be setting a precedent that he wouldn't want in future cases.
In this case, Michael Vick is not coming to New England.