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Hostetler denies report of racism

Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Jeff Hostetler denied on Tuesday a televised report that coach Art Shell made a racial remark to him during a sideline argument.

The coach and quarterback got into a heated confrontation at Miami on Oct. 16, during the Raiders' 20-17 overtime loss, over Hostetler's changing running plays to passes.

Shell downplayed the incident last week and it seemed everything was back in order until shortly before the Raiders beat Atlanta 30-17 Sunday. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported during the network's pregame show that during the dispute Shell derisively compared Hostetler to former Raiders quarterback Jay Schroeder.

Allegedly, Shell called Hostetler, "another white quarterback, just like Schroeder." Reportedly, the statement was filled with expletives.

On Monday, Shell vehemently denied the racial remark, and Hostetler called a news conference Tuesday to do the same thing.

"I don't know where it came from. I have no idea where it came from," Hostetler said at the Raiders' training camp. "I recall nothing like what's been reported. There was a long discussion, a heated discussion. I can honestly say I never heard a racist remark said by Art."

"I feel extremely angered that Art's had to go through this and that I'm any part of this," Hostetler said. "For someone to come out on national television and report something like that without ever contacting me or Art I don't call that real responsible."

Packers' injured Favre plans to play on Monday

GREEN BAY _ Quarterback Brett Favre, forced out of last Thursday's game against Minnesota with a muscle tear in his side, said Tuesday he expects to play against Chicago on Monday night.

"This is a big game, one we need to win. I'm going to be in there," Favre said.

He took part in only a portion of Tuesday's light workout.

"I got to do a little bit more than I thought I was going to be able to do after the injury," he said. "It's still pretty sore."

Favre said he is able to run, but the muscle tear in his side, connected to his hip bone, prevents him from throwing without discomfort.

Elsewhere

Bears: Chicago running back Tim Worley, who missed a team flight over the weekend and is said by the team to be tending to personal matters, was placed Tuesday on the reserve non-football injury list. His roster spot was filled by Kenny Shedd from the New York Jets' practice squad.

Falcons: Offensive tackle Mike Kenn underwent his second MRI exam in two days on Tuesday for a back problem that could cut short his 17th and final season with Atlanta. Kenn, 38, underwent an MRI exam Monday in a bid to find the problem, believed to be protruding discs.

Physicians will compare the two MRIs in an effort to make a precise diagnosis, said Falcons spokesman Frank Kleha.

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