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Falcons asking for return of up to $22 million from Vick

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons want a refund of up to 22 million dollars in bonus money paid to suspended quarterback Michael Vick. An arbitrator will hear the team's case Thursday with attorneys from the players' association arguing against the Falcons' claim.

Team president and GM Rich McKay and three other team officials will represent the Falcons in a private hearing in Philadelphia. They're expected to argue that Vick knew he was in violation of the contract when he signed the 130 million-dollar deal in December of 2004, and that he used proceeds from the deal to fund his dogfighting operation.

Special master Stephen B. Burbank will serve as the arbitrator. He says he doesn't expect the hearing to go beyond a day.

Vick has admitted helping to kill six to eight dogs and bankrolling a dogfighting operation that was based in Virginia and extended into other states. Vick also faces state felony charges in Virginia.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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