Safety injured in charity game

Designed as a fun outing for the players, Brett Favre's charity softball game brought about a possibly serious injury.

Incumbent starting safety Mark Roman banged his right knee against the leg of defensive lineman Kenny Peterson as they converged on a fly ball hit by fullback Vonta Leach in the fifth inning of the seven-inning contest today at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, Wis.

Roman took himself out of the game, hobbling to the first-base dugout.

Roman watched the rest of it with the knee wrapped with ice and his leg propped up on the dugout bench.

Roman, who needed assistance exiting the stadium after the game to his vehicle in the parking lot, returned to the team's Lambeau Field headquarters to have the knee examined by the medical staff.


It was injury added to insult for Roman, who was the starting pitcher for the defense and lasted only 2 1/3 innings.

He served up home runs to Rodgers, wide receiver Donald Driver and halfback Ahman Green in the third inning.

Leach and receivers Antonio Chatman and Robert Ferguson also connected to clear the drawn-in fences at the home to minor-league baseball's Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Middle linebacker Nick Barnett clubbed a pair of home runs for the defense.

Extra points
First-year Packers general manager Ted Thompson threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Setting up on the pitching mound used for baseball, the right-handed-throwing Thompson delivered a pitch that was high and outside the strike zone to catcher Brett Favre. ...

Favre played shortstop the first three innings for the offense, then replaced himself with backup QB Craig Nall for the remainder of the game.

Favre had two hits in three at-bats, though the first came on a drag bunt up the third-base side. He had a young kid run for him out of the batter's box. ...

Deanna Favre was 0-for-3, but she had two hits out of the infield in a preliminary three-inning game involving a mix of Packers players against a team with representatives from sponsor Bergstrom Automotive. Bergstrom won 10-8.


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