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Packers bracing for Favre's reinstatement

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Associated Press / July 30, 2008

Brett Favre has sent his reinstatement paperwork to the NFL and is awaiting approval from commissioner Roger Goodell, league spokesman Randall Liu confirmed yesterday.

Once Favre is granted reinstatement - a step considered a formality, but one that wouldn't be forthcoming until today at the earliest - the Packers will have 24 hours to release the iconic quarterback or return him to their active roster.

If Goodell reinstates Favre today, his return to the Packers would most likely come Friday. The team does not have a scheduled public practice tomorrow.

"It's obviously the first step in Brett coming back, but we'll deal with that when Brett is reinstated and have a plan for that when he comes back," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

But it doesn't have to come to that. If the Packers can work out a trade deemed acceptable to Favre in the next few days, they likely can avoid the potential for a major distraction in training camp.

The team has no plans to grant Favre the release he has requested, suspecting that he would immediately sign with Minnesota.

Losman hurts thumb

Bills quarterback J.P. Losman was held out of practice last night, a day after jamming the thumb on his throwing hand. Losman's right thumb was heavily wrapped as he watched practice, but the extent of the injury was not immediately known . . . Another injured quarterback, Peyton Manning, finally arrived in Terre Haute, Ind., but when he'll practice with the Colts remains a mystery. The two-time league MVP had surgery July 14 to remove an infected bursa sac in his left knee, but has not practiced. "He's doing fine. He's here and he's immobilized," coach Tony Dungy said. "We don't want a lot of people seeing him, so that's why we're not saying where he is." . . . Jaguars receiver Reggie Williams reinjured his right knee, hours after being activated. During the evening practice, Williams made a spin move after a reception and hurt the knee. He limped to the sideline, and then carted off the field to the locker room for tests.

Saints ink Ellis

Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, the seventh overall selection out of Southern California, ended his holdout by agreeing to a five-year contract with the Saints . . . Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman will miss at least three weeks of practice because of what coach Wade Phillips called a "significant" injury to Newman's left groin . . . Veteran receiver Amani Toomer missed the Giants' training camp practice with swelling in his left leg. The Giants were also missing top receivers Plaxico Burress (right ankle) and Steve Smith (general soreness) . . . Steelers punter Daniel Sepulveda tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is expected to miss the season . . . Rams guard Mark Setterstrom had numbness in his right leg and foot, which the team believed may have been caused by a brace pinching on a nerve.

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