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Option is open for Goodell

He says he’ll meet with Favre if it’s warranted

Associated Press / October 13, 2010

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said yesterday there was no timetable for wrapping up an investigation of an Internet report that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent inappropriate text messages and lewd photos to a former New York Jets game hostess.

“We’re just looking for facts now,’’ Goodell said at the NFL owners meeting in Chicago. “I am going to deal with it as we get the facts.’’

He said he had no plans to meet with Favre, “but if it is something that would help us get to a conclusion and it is warranted, I will do so.’’

The investigation, announced last week, centers on a report by the sports website Deadspin that in 2008 Favre, then with the Jets, sent the photos and messages to Jenn Sterger.

Sterger’s manager, Phil Reese, declined to say if his client has talked with the NFL.

“This is something that allegedly happened two years ago,’’ Reese said in an e-mail to the AP. “We don’t want a quick resolution, but the proper resolution.’’

Favre could be fined or suspended under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Vikings lose Griffin again
The Vikings have lost starting cornerback Cedric Griffin for the rest of the season to another significant knee injury.

Coach Brad Childress confirmed that Griffin hurt his right knee against the Jets Monday night and won’t return in 2010.

Griffin tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last January in the NFC Championship Game and rejoined the Vikings in Week 3.

In just his second game back, Griffin injured the other knee in the fourth quarter against the Jets.

The Vikings fell to 1-3 after the 29-20 loss and host the 1-3 Cowboys Sunday.

Revis says leg ‘very sore’
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis said his leg was “very sore’’ after the victory over the Vikings, and coach Rex Ryan was not sure yesterday if Revis will play against Denver Sunday.

“There was added swelling in his leg,’’ Ryan said, “but hopefully he’ll be ready to roll.’’

Revis returned Monday night after missing two games with a strained hamstring, sustained in the first half of the Jets’ 28-14 win over the Patriots in Week 2. Ryan insisted that the team did not rush Revis back.

Report: Cutler is cleared
According to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been cleared to fully practice today after suffering a concussion and missing last week’s game, and barring a setback will start in Sunday’s game against the Seahawks . . . The Chargers and left tackle Marcus McNeill were closing in on a contract extension, and he was added to the active roster after missing three games while on the roster exempt list.

Saints sign Jones, cut Carney
The Saints signed running back Julius Jones and released kicker John Carney. Seattle released Jones earlier this month. He was the Seahawks’ leading rusher the past two seasons. The 46-year-old Carney signed with the Saints in September to fill in for the team’s struggling kicker, Garrett Hartley — who is poised to reclaim the job with Carney’s departure . . . The Bills signed linebacker Thomas Williams, ex- of the Patriots’ practice squad, to their practice squad. The move comes a day after Buffalo released linebacker Chris Ellis . . . Desperate for help because of ankle injuries to quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, the Browns confirmed they have re-signed Brett Ratliff as the probable backup to rookie Colt McCoy, who likely will make his first NFL start Sunday in Pittsburgh. Ratliff had been on the Patriots’ practice squad. The Browns annouced they have terminated the contract of ex-Patriots receiver Sam Aiken.

Catch rule to be reviewed
The NFL expects to review the catch rule that cost Lions receiver Calvin Johnson a potential winning touchdown in a season-opening loss to Chicago. The play was ruled a no-catch. After Johnson went to the turf with possession, he placed the ball on the ground as he ran to celebrate. “The going-to-the-ground rule definitely will be discussed,’’ NFL competition committee co-chairman Rich McKay said at the league meetings in Chicago. The competition committee will meet after the Super Bowl and then suggest any rules changes to team owners at the league’s spring meetings in March . . . Tim Leiweke, the head of AEG, says he is pursuing a deal for the company to manage the Los Angeles Convention Center as part of a plan to bring an NFL team to downtown . . . Cincinnati’s police chief is apologizing to Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman’’ Jones, who was questioned by officers Sunday. Chief Tom Streicher said the department made a mistake and that Jones did nothing wrong. Police said Jones was questioned after he drove his vehicle over a downtown curb to avoid another vehicle or a pedestrian. He was released without a citation or charges. Witnesses took cellphone photos and shared them on social media sites with captions claiming — incorrectly — that Jones had been arrested.

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