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It's a sneak by Favre; Vikings didn't tamper

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Associated Press / August 5, 2008

There was no parade, no motorcade, and no photo opportunity - hardly the way you'd expect Brett Favre to return to the Packers after spending most of the past month as the league's longest-running daytime drama.

None of the fans and media members staking out several entrances to Lambeau Field managed to catch a glimpse of Favre reporting yesterday.

The team announced Favre had been reinstated and returned to the active roster, as expected. Coach Mike McCarthy scheduled a news conference for last night to talk about his plans for Favre, but it was called off because McCarthy was still meeting with the QB.

Meanwhile, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ruled he found no violations of league policy in the Packers' tampering complaint against the Vikings. Minnesota coach Brad Childress denied reports the Vikings have talked to the Packers about a potential trade for Favre.

Smith apologizes
Wide receiver Steve Smith apologized to Panthers teammates, coaches, and fans in Spartanburg, S.C., three days after he punched teammate Ken Lucas at practice, leaving the cornerback with a broken nose. Smith, who was suspended without pay for the first two regular-season games, spoke after his first practice since the incident. "I'm completely wrong," Smith said. "It was an asinine decision. And I'll move forward better than I probably have ever had to. It's the first time in my life that I really haven't forgiven myself." Lucas also returned to the team, with a black left eye and swelling around his nose, and accepted Smith's apology. He said he'll probably be sidelined 2-3 weeks after surgery, but then added, "I feel like what happened was a blessing in disguise. This is something I think has brought this team closer together. You may think I sound crazy for saying that, but I really think this is bigger than me and Steve." . . . Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin will miss Thursday's exhibition opener with a right hamstring injury. Arizona also released veteran running back Marcel Shipp, who had been with the Cardinals since 2001 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Massachusetts.

Marshall to be suspended
The NFL Network, citing league sources, reported Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be suspended three games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy . . . Eagles guard Shawn Andrews said he's battling depression, and that he might end his holdout this week. Andrews told the Philadelphia Daily News he's getting professional help and is on medication . . . The Chiefs say rookie defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (sprained left knee) should miss about a week . . . The Jets activated veteran tight end Chris Baker (back) from the physically unable to perform list . . . Seahawks offensive lineman Chris Gray, 38, retired on the eve of his 16th NFL season because of a lower back and spine injury . . . The Bengals cut ties with injured running back Kenny Irons (knee).

O.J. co-defendant plea
A fourth co-defendant, Charles Ehrlich, pleaded guilty in Las Vegas to reduced charges in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery and kidnapping case, agreeing to testify against the Hall of Famer and a remaining co-defendant . . . Domestic violence charges against Lions safety Kalvin Pearson have been dropped in Hillsborough (Fla.) County. Pearson, with the Buccaneers from 2005-07, was charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman and domestic battery (strangulation).

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