Black and Blue all over: Begging for mercy
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- We're heading out soon for what promises to be another interesting day at Green Bay Packers training camp. Team president Mark Murphy has a meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning with quarterback Brett Favre and agent James "Bus" Cook in Hattiesburg, Miss., while NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to rule on Favre's reinstatement request.
The Packers are hoping it never comes to the point where Favre feels compelled to report to camp, but it seems the earliest that circus could begin is Friday. (The Packers have no practice Thursday).
Wednesday morning's practice will last until about 10:45 a.m. CT, and then we'll head to the Packers' locker room for interviews before jumping back on the blog. Until then, a quick jaunt around the division:
- Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette pleads with the Packers to do whatever it takes to keep Favre from reporting. "A civil war involving the only publicly owned franchise in pro sports would break out," he writes. (The war analogy might take it a bit further than reality, but it's fair to say that Favre's presence in camp wouldn't be conducive to traditional team-building.)
- Most players expressed neutral feelings about Favre's potential return, but receiver Donald Driver's were a bit stronger. "My love for him is different than any other guy in the locker room," Driver told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I'm glad he signed the papers and decided to come back for another year." (Driver was speaking before Murphy boarded the plane in an attempt to convince Favre otherwise).
- Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz practiced Tuesday for the first time this summer after his sore Achilles tendon was deemed sufficiently healed.
- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is still trying to learn when to throw the ball away. "That is the biggest thing I have to get over," Jackson said. "I can't save every play. Once I get that down, I think I will be OK." Jackson threw several interceptions in Tuesday morning's practice.
- During a film session, Detroit Lions coach Rod Marinelli repeatedly showed a clip of fullback Jerome Felton knocking the helmet off linebacker Buster Davis during a block.
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