What will Mike McCarthy say -- and do?
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|With Brett Favre eligible to resume practice Tuesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy has to decide what to do with the unretired QB.|
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre has passed his physical. He's been added to the Green Bay Packers' active roster. He is eligible to resume practicing Tuesday at 2 p.m. CT.
Those facts, however, represent all you can safely say early Monday evening about Favre's return to the Packers. Everything else -- his role, the extent to which he will be allowed to compete for the starting job -- will be answered Monday night when coach Mike McCarthy outlines his plans to a gaggle of local and national reporters gathering here at Lambeau Field.
Although numerous reports have suggested Favre and Aaron Rodgers will compete evenly for the job, McCarthy stopped short of confirming that scenario here Sunday night. McCarthy, in fact, said he didn't know for sure if Favre was 100 percent committed to playing for the Packers in 2008.
"That's a great question," McCarthy said.
McCarthy was scheduled to have a one-on-one conversation with Favre at some point Monday. Only after that discussion, McCarthy said Sunday night, would he define Favre's role.
Prior to Favre's reinstatement, McCarthy repeatedly said Rodgers would be his starting quarterback in 2008. Sunday night, hours after Favre's reinstatement, McCarthy said: "I just want to make sure [Favre] is clear on the direction our football team has gone before we move forward."
We hate to overanalyze, but on paper, at least, that statement reads an awful lot like a coach who planned to tell Favre that Rodgers will remain the starter -- but, like all players, Rodgers could be unseated if his backup (i.e., Favre) outperforms him.
McCarthy is scheduled to hold his news conference at 8:15 p.m. CT. We'll bring you news and analysis as quickly as possible thereafter.