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Favre armed and weary

Jets quarterback battling fatigue

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Associated Press / August 14, 2008
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Brett Favre dropped back, looked downfield and launched a long spiral about 5 yards past his intended receiver. A few plays later, the Jets quarterback short-hopped a toss that thumped into the grass.

"I felt 38 today," Favre said yesterday after New York's morning practice. "I'm not going to lie to you."

Favre fired a few duds in his fifth practice since joining the Jets, saying his rocket right arm is a bit tired.

"My arm's kind of dragging a little bit today," Favre said. "It's not really sore, but just fatigued. To be honest with you, I'm surprised that, I don't want to say I feel good, that I've been able to make it through every practice so far."

Favre was acquired from the Green Bay Packers late last Wednesday night, and has been practicing with the Jets since Saturday. He's set to start Saturday's exhibition game against the Washington Redskins.

"I didn't throw the ball that well this morning, underthrew some throws," Favre said. "No pain, but I'm 38 years old. It's going to be fatigued a little bit."

After saying he would talk to coach Eric Mangini about limiting his throws in the early evening practice, Favre took noticeably fewer snaps in 11-on-11 drills. He did open the late session by zipping his first throw into Chansi Stuckey's hands for a touchdown.

North America's team?

The Buffalo Bills prepare to open a five-year series of games in Toronto tonight when they "host" the Pittsburgh Steelers at the downtown Rogers Centre.

The game will be the first of an eight-game series (five regular season and three exhibition), which runs through 2012, and will make the Bills the NFL's first team to play regular-season games annually outside the United States.

"Somebody's got to be North America's team, right? It might as well be us," said Bills punter Brian Moorman said.

By establishing a foothold in Toronto, the Bills are hoping to tap into Canada's largest city and financial capital, as well as North America's fifth-largest market, featuring a regional population of about 5 million.

As much buzz as there is in Toronto over becoming part of the NFL landscape, there are also concerns being raised on both sides of the border.

In Buffalo, Bills fans fear this might be the first step of the franchise's permanent relocation. Across Canada, CFL fans are worried that the NFL in Toronto could lead to the demise of the Canadian three-down game.

Sterling Halliday, a 19-year-old college student from Toronto, is organizing an anti-NFL protest to be staged outside the stadium tonight.

"I'm not against the NFL or the Buffalo Bills, it's just keeping the CFL alive and the NFL in the United States," Halliday said, who is selling T-shirts featuring a Bills logo with a line slashed through it.

He was encouraged that organizers had difficulty selling out the exhibition game. Most of the final 2,500 seats were finally distributed Tuesday. Tickets are also still available for the regular-season game against Miami in December.

Broncos sign Poole

Denver addressed its injury-riddled defensive secondary by signing 13-year pro Tyrone Poole. To make room, the Broncos released fourth-year cornerback Christian Morton. Poole, who was cut by Houston last summer, has played for Oakland (2006), New England (2003-05), Denver (2002), Indianapolis (1998-2000), and Carolina (1995-97) . . . Cleveland Browns rookie tight end Martin Rucker will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee and miss four to six weeks.

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