Notebook: Packers mum on Favre meeting

No ruling from the NFL on Favre reinstatement, and plenty of news from the morning practice.

Packers President Bob Murphy is in Hattiesburg, Miss., meeting with retired quarterback Brett Favre and agent Bus Cook on Wednesday.

Coach Mike McCarthy, at his news conference following Wednesday morning's practice, would not comment on the meeting. Nor would Favre, who left Cook's office shortly after noon by suggesting reporters "get in the shade." Later, outside the gates to his home, Favre would not comment to a Hattiesburg American reporter.

A spokeswoman told Packer Report that Cook's office would not comment on the talks or whether they would continue, though the American reported later that the talks continued in the afternoon with just Murphy and Cook.

The NFL did not rule on Favre's reinstatement on Wednesday.

"The commissioner (Roger Goodell) is taking no action today," NFL spokesman Randall Liu wrote to Packer Report. "He wants to give both the Packers and Brett an appropriate amount of time to make decisions, including decisions impacting the team's roster and salary cap. When Brett is reinstated by the commissioner, we will announce it."

Before the meeting, Favre worked out with the Oak Grove (Miss.) High School football team. After the practice, he said, "I'm late for a 9 o'clock meeting and I'm not lying" to a reporter from the American.

McCarthy said he was "not involved in the specifics" of the meeting and hadn't talked with Favre, but again said the quarterback "absolutely" is welcome back with the team.

"I can't control what the perception is, but in the locker room, no one dislikes Brett Favre," McCarthy said. "That's not the opinion at all and that's not the opinion that we want expressed. I've said it before and I'll just say it again: He was a big part of our history, and with him reinstating and coming here, he'll be a part of our future."

McCarthy praised presumed starter Aaron Rodgers for how he's dealt with the hullabaloo.

"I think Aaron has handled it very well," McCarthy said. "It's unusual. This is not normal. I think he's done a good job handling it."

Injury report

Defensive tackles Ryan Pickett (hamstring) and Justin Harrell (back) and defensive back Tramon Williams (hip flexor) remain out of practice. Left tackle Chad Clifton (rest) and defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (knee) were held out of 11-on-11 segments.

With Pickett and Harrell down, Johnny Jolly has filled the void. Jolly, expected to be a starter, missed the end of last season with a rotator-cuff injury that kept him out of the offseason program. Jolly was expected to be limited at the start of camp but has gone full bore. He said he "couldn't be better."

"This is a team thing. One man go down, that's when everybody gets together," Jolly said when asked if he put pressure on himself to practice with his position being shorthanded. "You bond together, you get stronger that way."

Highs, lows for Brohm

Early in practice, quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn took turns trying to throw footballs into a hoop-and-net setup with a circumference of about 3 feet from distances of 45 to 55 yards. Brohm was the only one successful, hitting nothing but net on a heave down the left sideline that elicited a big cheer from the railbirds.

During 11-on-11 drills, though, Brohm was intercepted by linebacker Desmond Bishop when he tried to dump a pass into the flat for fullback John Kuhn. His next pass, over the middle to receiver James Jones, almost was intercepted by cornerback Will Blackmon. Moments later, cornerback Condrew Allen almost intercepted a pass to receiver Chris Francies.

As for the long-ball drill, Rodgers plunked the front of the rim once and threw another ball just over the net. He was sharp during the 11-on-11 period, though, completing his last six passes after scrambling away from pressure and throwing the ball out of bounds.

Crosby misfires

The Packers ran a hurry-up field-goal drill in which kicker Mason Crosby missed back-to-back tries from about 40 yards.

Seven times, the Packers ran a running play, with the clock starting at 21 seconds. The field-goal unit had to run on to the field and beat the clock.

As has been the case, rookie J.J. Jansen worked with No. 1 holder Jon Ryan, while Thomas Gafford worked with Ruvell Martin.

Up next

The Packers practice again at 6:30 p.m. today in pads.

There is no practice on Thursday. Players will in meetings, reviewing practice film and listening to a speaker.

Practice resumes Friday, with practices at 8:45 a.m. (shells) and 6:30 p.m. (pads). The team practices at 2 p.m. Saturday (pads) before Sunday's Family Night Scrimmage.

Bill Huber writes for Packer Report. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com


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