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Brett Favre says there is a very slim chance that he would ever play for another team in the National Football League. The veteran quarterback told the media today that he is "optimistic" and "happy" to be with the Green Bay Packers, downplaying a cable network interview that playing somewhere else is not out of the question.

Favre's interview with Bob Costas will air on HBO's "Costas Now" at 9 p.m. (CT) tonight. During the interview, Costas asked Favre if he would consider playing for another NFL team besides Green Bay. Favre said, "I can't say it wouldn't happen. If it comes to a point where (the Packers) do start over and I feel like I can play and they say, ‘Brett, if you want to go somewhere else, go ahead, but we've got to start over. It's time for us to rebuilt. It just doesn't make sense, so do what you want.' If I got the itch at somepoint, I can't say no."

Favre, 36, is entering his 16th NFL season and 15th with the Packers. He is surrounded by one of the youngest teams in the NFL, including an offense that has three rookie starters. He responded to a reporter's question about the Costas interview with his version of how it went.

"He asked me, first off, if this would be my last year as everyone else has asked," Favre said. "I said, ‘I don't know, Bob, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.' He said, ‘What about playing for another team?' I said, ‘I've always said that I'll play in Green Bay, love to play in Green Bay, loyal, this is home to me.' He said, ‘What happens if at the end of the year you still want to play and the Packers say, ‘Hey, Brett, we want to go in a different direction. We'd love to have you but it's time for us to start over.' If I'm sitting at home, thinking, ‘Hey, I can still play. Then would I consider playing for someone else? I guess I would, but will that happen? I'm 99.9 percent sure that that won't happen."

Favre and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair are each represented by the same agent, Bus Cook. Favre said he has not spoken recently with McNair, but has spoken with Cook about McNair's situation in Baltimore. McNair was traded by the Tennesee Titans to the Ravens for a fourth-round draft pick this off-season after he and the Titans were unable to come to an agreement on a restructured contract.

"They kicked him out of the building in Tennessee," Favre said. "I haven't been kicked out of the building yet, so. It's a little different situation there."

Packers coach Mike McCarthy echoed Favre's thoughts on finishing his career in Green Bay. McCarthy said he "took part" in the Costas interview and feels that the quarterback is focused on helping the Packers win games.

"If I was a betting man, I'd bet he'd retire a Green Bay Packer," McCarthy said.

Young team
The Green Bay Packers will enter this season with at least four rookies in the starting lineup, which is believed to be a team record, according to the team's public relations department. The Packers are the youngest team in the NFC North Division with an average age of 25.55, and one of the youngest in the NFL.

The Packers started the season with three rookies four times since 1970 – 1976, '78, '84, and '88. Last year, the Packers entered the season with two rookie starters - safety Nick Collins and guard Will Whitticker, who was released on Aug. 25.

This year, guards Jason Spitz and Tony Moll, wide receiver Greg Jennings, and linebacker A.J. Hawk are expected to start. All were selected by the Packers in April's NFL draft.

Green Bay currently has 14 rookies on its 53-man roster, three first-year players and 10 second-year players. Green Bay's four backups on the offensive line have never played a snap in the NFL. Brett Favre, entering his 16th season, has the most experience of any of the players. Favre is followed by fullback William Henderson, who is entering his 12th season, all with the Packers.

"I think I kind of skew the chart a little bit with 16 years, but (Ted Thompson) has a plan. Whether or not, the fans or the media agree with it, that's his plan. He has to think not only about this year's team, but in the future. Would I like to have more experience? I can't say that I wouldn't, but once again, there are some very talented guys on this team, but that alone won't get it done. How we come together chemistry-wise in a hurry determines our outcome. … Time will tell. In this game, you only have 16 games and you better figure it out pretty quickly."

Coach Mike McCarthy, a rookie head coach, says he's not worrying about how much experience each player has, but rather is up to the challenge of putting the players in position to succeed.

"It's a great opportunity to get involved. They're working very hard. I think they have a clear understanding of how they need to play. The speed of the game. … It's a great challenge. We will continue to grow and we're excited about the opportunity."

Injury update
Offensive lineman Junius Coston will not play against the Bears on Sunday. Coston injured his knee during the team's final preseason game against Tennesee. Cornerback Will Blackmon, who returned to practice this week after missing all of training camp, probably will not play. Blackmon is recovering from a broken bone in his foot that he sustained in May during a minicamp practice.

Fullback William Henderson is listed as questionable on the team's injury report, meaning there is a 50-50 chance that he will play. Henderson injured his knee Aug. 19 in a preseason game against Atlanta.

Roster move
The Green Bay Packers today released tackle/guard Adrian Klemm after reaching an injury settlement, the team announced.

Klemm, a seventh-year pro, sustained a torn Achilles early in training camp.

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