NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can be tough when it comes to handing out punishment for player discipline issues.
He can also be fair.
We saw another example of that Thursday when he announced that Michael Vick would be eligbile to play in the Philadelphia Eagles' third game.
Vick and Goodell met Thursday and the commissioner decided Vick's suspension would be lifted after two games, which is the fair thing to do.
Why make it any longer?
Vick has shown remorse. He's been a model teammate so far. And he deserves a second chance.
Goodell can be harsh at times -- for good reason -- but he's also smart enough to realize when enough is enough.
This was one of those times.
That's why he's a smart commissioner, one who seems to be earning more and more respect from the league's players.
Now comes the tough part for the Eagles, which is trying to fit Vick into what they do. If they're smart, they'll keep him only as a backup, not a gimmick, which is what Donovan McNabb said he was last week.