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Favre officially reinstated

August 4, 2008 1:48:25 PM PDT
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was scheduled Monday to meet with his quarterbacks -- including the reinstated Brett Favre -- as the team begins dealing with Favre's return to training camp. McCarthy, who talked to Favre via phone on Friday, is scheduled to meet with the media Monday night at 9:15 p.m. ET.

Favre was slated to be reinstated to the Packers at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, ending a short retirement that began with an announcement in March and continued until Sunday, when Favre was told by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that he would be reinstated.

On Monday, Goodell said a tampering charge filed against the Minnesota Vikings by the Packers did not violate NFL policy. In an NFL announcement, Goodell said that Vikings coaches did talk to Favre, but "none of those conversations suggest that Favre was soliciting a job or that other teams were soliciting his services."

The Packers had filed the charges, based at least in part between records of phone conversations between Favre and Darrell Bevell, Minnesota's offensive coordinator. Bevell is a former Green Bay assistant and a friend of Favre's.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said on Monday that his team had not had contact with the Packers regarding a potential trade for Favre. Childress dismissed a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that said the Packers have made preliminary contact with the Vikings about a Favre deal.

Favre left his home in Mississippi and returned to Green Bay on a private jet Sunday night, igniting what figures to be a quarterback controversy with Aaron Rodgers, who was slated to replace him.

McCarthy said Sunday that reports of an open quarterback competition are somewhat premature -- at least until he meets with his quarterbacks.

"There's been no promises," McCarthy said after the team's Family Night scrimmage at Lambeau Field. "There's been indecision throughout Brett's path back here to Green Bay. It's important for us to sit down, communicate. There's some things we need to go through and the information that comes out of that will be used to move forward in the decision."

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.


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