The world's most famous retired quarterback, Brett Lorenzo Favre, and agent Bus Cook did not charter a flight from Hattiesburg, Miss., to Green Bay's Austin Straubel International Airport on Thursday. According to the flight-tracking Web site FlightAware.com, a flight was scheduled to arrive from Hattiesburg at 6:45 p.m., then was pushed back to 8:01 p.m. Later in the evening, though, that flight had disappeared from the Web site's "arrivals" list for Austin Straubel, though a return flight from Green Bay to Hattiesburg is scheduled.
Meanwhile, the NFL did not act on Favre's reinstatement papers. With the reinstatement on hold, it appears Cook canceled the flight.
"He's ready to go back, but he can't go back until the commissioner reinstates him," Cook told The Associated Press.
Commissioner Roger Goodell is giving Favre and the Packers at least another day to reach an agreement before he signs off on Favre's papers.
"The Packers and Brett Favre are continuing their discussions. The commissioner preferred to let those discussions continue rather than act on the reinstatement petition today," league spokesman Randall Liu wrote in an e-mail.
If the NFL OKs the reinstatement on Friday — it would come in the afternoon — the Packers have 24 hours to add him to the roster, trade him or release him. That means the Packers wouldn't have to make a decision until Saturday afternoon. Physical testing — like the rest of the Packers did the day before the start of training camp — would then likely be scheduled for Sunday morning.
Thus, Favre likely won't get a chance to crash Sunday night's Family Night Scrimmage..
Meanwhile, trade prospects have heated up now that Favre's reinstatement is drawing near. The Green Bay Press-Gazette called talks between the Packers and New York Jets "serious." The Jets won just four games with the throwing-impaired duo of Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens.
The only other team with permission to talk to Favre and Cook is Tampa Bay. Buccaneers quarterback Jeff Garcia sustained a calf injury at practice Thursday, though coach Jon Gruden didn't think it was serious. The Bucs, the NFC South champions last season, could be an appealing fit because of talent, climate and Gruden. The Packers visit Tampa Bay in Week 4.