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Return man: Favre is back with Packers

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Associated Press / August 4, 2008

Brett Favre is back. It remains to be seen whether he'll still be the leader of the Pack.

The Green Bay Packers reluctantly embraced the quarterback's forced return to the football field yesterday after failing to come to a financial agreement that would make Favre happy while staying retired.

The NFL announced that Favre will be reinstated and added to the Packers' active roster today. Commissioner Roger Goodell had held off on granting Favre's request for reinstatement for nearly a week, hoping Favre and the team could resolve their standoff.

The Packers do not have another scheduled public practice until tomorrow. Favre's arrival in training camp could cause a major disruption to the team, although he may not begin practicing with the rest of the team right away and a trade remains possible.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he hasn't decided what direction his quarterback situation will take. Given Favre's track record of waffling on his football future, McCarthy first wants to talk to Favre today before he makes any decision on opening the job to competition.

"There have been no promises," McCarthy said.

Rodgers, who didn't excel in the Packers' annual "Family Night" scrimmage at Lambeau Field last night, said he's ready for a potential competition with Favre after serving as his backup for three seasons.

"Well, there comes time when [my] mentor and I get to compete, and I guess that's what's going to happen," Rodgers said. "If that's what happens, then I'm going to give it my best shot and leave the rest up to coach."

Colt wins, Colts lose

Washington's Colt Brennan threw two touchdown passes in the second half, and Matterral Richardson returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown to rally the Redskins to a 30-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, giving new coach Jim Zorn a win in his debut. The Colts played without seven starters, including injured quarterback Peyton Manning . . . Receiver Plaxico Burress did some light running for the first time since the New York Giants opened training camp more than a week ago. Burress, who caught the winning touchdown pass in the Super Bowl against the Patriots, has been bothered by a problem with his right ankle that's not related to the one he had a year ago.

Ex-Patriot arrested

Former Patriots safety Tebucky Jones is facing criminal charges following a fight in a hotel lobby at Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn., involving a woman, her boyfriend, and another man early Friday morning. Story, Page B3 . . . Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee might miss Thursday's preseason opener against the Patriots because of an ailing left knee.

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