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NFL Notebook

In debut with Jets, Favre enjoys letting it fly

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Associated Press / August 18, 2008
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Brett Favre was having fun again.

His tearful retirement and tumultuous offseason were tucked away in his memory. Favre was back where he's always been happiest: in the huddle with thousands of cheers providing a perfect soundtrack.

"It's like starting all over again," the New York Jets' new quarterback said. "I had some feelings that I haven't felt in 17 years."

After throwing a touchdown pass to cap his second series against Washington in his Jets debut Saturday night, Favre urged coach Eric Mangini to let him play some more.

"He said, 'Let me think about it,' " Favre said. "As he turned away, he turned back and said, 'I thought about it.' "

Favre was solid in his brief Jets debut after a week of cramming to learn his new playbook. Just 10 days after being acquired from Green Bay, Favre finished 5 of 6 for 48 yards and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Keller in a 13-10 loss to the Redskins.

Saying it felt "a little weird" wearing a Jets uniform, Favre was on the field for 14 plays and Mangini said the three-time MVP had between 30 and 40 plays to work with.

"I thought I threw the ball well and moved around OK," Favre said. "Ten days ago, I was doing yard work."

Johnson injured

Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson strained his left shoulder last night during the Detroit Lions' 27-10 victory over the Bengals, who now have their top two receivers and their starting tailback limited by injuries.

Johnson landed awkwardly on his left side after cornerback Brian Kelly intercepted a pass thrown his way on Cincinnati's first series.

He rolled on the field in pain for several seconds, then went to the locker room for an examination. He did not return.

Coach Marvin Lewis said the shoulder popped out and back into place on the field. Medical tests found no fracture.

"I think he should be ready by the opener," Lewis said. "Some of these things come back right away, and they're ready to go. A lot of players play with these things."

Vikings' Jackson ailing

Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson suffered a sprained medial collateral knee ligament during Minnesota's victory over the Ravens, according to ESPN.com. The injury, which was revealed during an MRI, could keep Jackson out of the Vikings' exhibition game Saturday against the Steelers but the injury isn't considered serious enough to sideline him for the start of the regular season . . . Coach Mike Tomlin indicated after weekend practices that the team is ready to remove Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu from the physically unable to perform list when the team breaks camp today at Saint Vincent College and heads back to the Pittsburgh facility. Polamalu "tweaked" his hamstring while running on his own a week before training camp began . . . Rams offensive guard Mark Setterstrom fractured his left kneecap in the second half of Saturday's exhibition game and will be placed on injured reserve.

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