Updated July 3, 2010 @ 3:36 p.m. ET
The Eagles issued a statement Saturday refuting an Associated Press report that they are considering releasing QB Michael Vick.
"Any report or speculation that suggests the Eagles are considering releasing Vick are not true," the Eagles' statement said. "We will continue to gather information and monitor the situation and we will not have any further comment until that process is complete."
Police are investigating a shooting at Vick's 30th birthday party a week ago, and though he has denied any involvement and has not been named a suspect in the incident, the team still could part ways with the controversial quarterback.
Vick was suspended from the NFL and jailed for 18 months for his involvement in a dogfighting ring prior to his signing with the Eagles. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said that Vick has an extremely short leash.
The Associated Press reported Saturday morning that the Eagles are considering releasing Vick regardless of the outcome of the investigation, citing an anonymous source who is familiar with the team's thinking on the matter. ESPN and the Philadelphia Inquirer contradicted that report, citing team sources who said that the team hasn't made any decisions and will wait for Virginia Beach, Va., police to finish their investigation before making any calls on his future.
The Eagles have turned the starting job over to Kevin Kolb following the trade of Donovan McNabb to the Redskins but would be very thin without Vick. Their only other quarterback on the roster currently is fourth-round pick Mike Kafka.
Vick has been expected to play a more significant role this season. He appeared in several games as a "Wildcat" quarterback and a trick-play specialist, often subbing for McNabb, but Vick's contributions were minimal until later in the season.
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