Favre status up in the air

Coach has yet to meet with veteran quarterback

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that he has yet to meet with quarterback Brett Favre. McCarthy discounted truth to a report that he plans to meet with the Favre later this week in an effort to discuss his status for the 2006 season.

"I have no scheduled meeting with Brett," McCarthy said. "I potentially may be going down to Mobile, Ala., so we'll see what happens. My focus right now has been obviously clearly on establishing the coaching staff."

Most NFL coaches and their assistants will be in Mobile later this week for the annual Senior Bowl. McCarthy said that general manager Ted Thompson has been in contact with Favre.

"Actually, Ted has been in contact with Brett throughout this, and I've been on a little bit of a whirlwind," McCarthy said. "I've been full-blown on hiring the coaching staff."

Thompson said on Jan. 12 that there is no timetable on when he needs to know if Favre plans to return to play football in Green Bay. It also is possible that the Packers may not want him to return and plan to move forward with Aaron Rodgers, whom the team selected with its No. 1 draft pick last year.

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