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Goodell: NFL official will meet with Favre

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Commissioner Roger Goodell says a league official will meet with Brett Favre this week as part of an investigation into allegations the quarterback sent racy text messages and lewd photos to former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger in 2008 when he played for New York.

Goodell made his comments Saturday during a sideline interview with NBC as he attended the Western Michigan-Notre Dame game. The commissioner said someone "from our staff" will meet with the Vikings quarterback and three-time league MVP.

The NFL Network later reported that the meeting will be Tuesday in Minnesota with a member of the league's security team. An NFL spokesman declined further comment.

Goodell said Tuesday that he had no plans to meet with Favre himself but added that he would if it was warranted.

Favre, 41, has been listed as questionable for today's game against the Cowboys with tendinitis in his right elbow. He has started a record 289 straight games.

The NFL Network said the league had not yet met with Sterger, a graduate of Tampa's Gaither High. Her manager declined comment.

Deadspin broke the story last week, but Sterger, now a TV personality for the Versus network, did not grant an interview. Deadspin also reported that Favre pursued two female massage therapists who worked part time for the Jets.

Depending on what the league's investigation finds, Favre could be fined or suspended under the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Broncos: Running back Andre Brown and offensive lineman D'Anthony Batiste were released, but Brown will likely be re-signed after the weekend. Safety Kyle McCarthy and linebacker Kevin Alexander were promoted from the practice squad.

Colts: Backup running back Donald Brown (hamstring), receiver Anthony Gonzalez (sprained right ankle) and nickel cornerback Jacob Lacey (foot) did not travel for tonight's game at Washington. Safety Bob Sanders (biceps surgery) and linebacker Kavell Connor (foot surgery) were ruled out.

Eagles: Michael Vick (rib) is expected to be the third quarterback for today's game against the Falcons but likely won't play.

Giants: Kicker Shayne Graham was signed because of Lawrence Tynes' ankle injury. Tynes, who sprained his left ankle during practice Friday, is uncertain for today's game against the Lions. Receiver Victor Cruz (hamstring) went on season-ending injured reserve to make room for Graham.

Lions: Tight end Tony Scheffler agreed to a three-year contract extension. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Panthers: Right tackle Jeff Otah has already dashed any hopes that his left knee will be healed enough for him to return after the bye week. Otah, who has been sidelined since tearing his meniscus at New England in December, said it will likely be 2-3 weeks before he begins practicing.

Titans: Center Eugene Amano (right ankle) did not finish practice and was questionable for Monday night's game in Jacksonville. Receiver Justin Gage (left hamstring) will miss his second straight game after not practicing all week. With Gage out, Kenny Britt will start with Nate Washington. Cornerback Jason McCourty (right forearm) and defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (right knee) were questionable. Running back Chris Johnson (thigh), left guard Leroy Harris (ankle), punter Brett Kern (hamstring) and defensive tackle Tony Brown (right knee) were probable.

Vikings: Receiver Sidney Rice returned to practice Friday. He had surgery on an injured hip in August.

Goodell: NFL official will meet with Favre 10/16/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 16, 2010 7:37pm]
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