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Are Favre and the Packers breaking up?

8/5/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
UPDATED at 10:34 a.m. CT:  Brett Favre has returned to Lambeau Field to resume meetings, according to ESPN's Wendi Nix.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- When the day started, we wondered whether Brett Favre would be on the Green Bay Packers' practice field Tuesday afternoon.

Now we're wondering if he will even be an active member of the team when practice starts at 2 p.m. CT

Favre and coach Mike McCarthy met until at least 11:15 p.m. CT Monday. They are scheduled to resume their discussion Tuesday morning, according to FoxSports.com. ESPN's Ed Werder, meanwhile, reports that Favre isn't likely to participate in practice and that McCarthy is trying to find out whether Favre is willing to accept that he would be behind Aaron Rodgers on the team's depth chart.

One thing we have believed all along is that Rodgers would still be the first-team quarterback when the Packers got back to practice. It was hard to imagine the Packers suddenly changing gears and opening up the position to an honest-to-goodness competition. Both Werder and Fox Sports are reporting Tuesday morning that, in fact, Rodgers will remain the starter indefinitely.
In summary, it seems more likely than ever that if Favre is going to play somewhere in 2008, it will be with a team other than the Packers.

Green Bay officials have indicated that McCarthy would hold a news conference Tuesday when -- and if -- there is some resolution. As of 9:45 a.m. CT, however, nothing had been scheduled.

This couldn't be playing out any more painfully for the Packers. We'll keep you updated as the day progresses. For now, we'll leave you with the immortal words of the great Gorilla Monsoon: "Pandemonium has broken loose in the ring!"