Packers appear finished with Favre

GREEN BAY, Wis. --- The bond between Brett Favre and the Packers might be broken beyond repair.


Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday evening that after about six hours of "brutally honest" conversations with Favre over the past two days, the three-time MVP just isn't in the right mind-set to be part of the team.

Even with the chance to win his starting job back potentially on the table, McCarthy said Favre couldn't seem to get past emotional wounds that were opened as tensions mounted in recent weeks.

"The football team's moving forward," McCarthy said. "The train has left the station, whatever analogy you want. He needs to jump on the train and let's go. Or, if we can't get past things that have happened, I have to keep the train moving."

McCarthy said he and Favre made plans to speak later Tuesday evening, but McCarthy didn't seem to allow for the possibility that much would change.

A trade could be coming next, with Tampa Bay re-emerging as a potential destination after seemingly being eliminated from consideration. Packers officials have believed throughout the past month that Favre's preference is to play for the Minnesota Vikings, but Favre could reconsider a trade elsewhere if Green Bay holds firm in its commitment not to deal him to a division rival.

McCarthy wouldn't address trade talks, but he did say a quick resolution is important to the rest of his players.

"Even talk to Brett about it -- he feels bad about it," the coach said.

Favre drove out of Lambeau Field just before practice Tuesday afternoon. Shortly after, an SUV driven by Packers general manager Ted Thompson headed in the same direction.

"We're at a stalemate," Favre told ESPN on Tuesday morning. "Mike and I both agreed last night that me being out there is a distraction and will continue to be a distraction. We all know the reason I'm here is because the commissioner reinstated me, so we have a lot of things to figure out."

McCarthy said Favre was excused from practice Tuesday and that he wouldn't have practiced anyway because of an abdominal strain found in an examination Monday. McCarthy didn't say whether he would be fined if he stayed away from camp starting today.

Favre said he doesn't have a problem with competing with Aaron Rodgers for the starting job and can "truly understand" why McCarthy would make Rodgers the starter. But Favre said a competition "probably isn't going to work" and that "the problem is that there's been a lot of damage done and I can't forget it."



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