MILWAUKEE Brett Favre didn't report to the Green Bay Packers' training camp Sunday, temporarily easing tensions in the three-time MVP's ongoing standoff with the team.
Packers spokesman Jeff Blumb confirmed Sunday that Favre did not report to camp with Packers players, who were required to report at 7:30 a.m. CDT.
Favre told si.com that Packers general manager Ted Thompson had asked him for "a couple of days" to resolve the situation.
"I agreed to do that," Favre told the site. "I don't want to be a distraction to the Packers, and I hope in the next few days we can come to an agreement that would allow me to continue playing football."
That agreement, presumably, would be a trade. The New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have emerged as two potential trade partners for the Packers, and Favre told si.com that he would consider a trade to any team.
Packers players were scheduled to attend meetings and take physicals Sunday. Running back Ryan Grant an exclusive-rights free agent who has refused to sign a tender offer from the team and is pursuing a long-term deal also did not report Sunday.
Players, coaches and Thompson were not scheduled to meet with reporters until after the Packers' first practice Monday.
BULGER READY FOR TURNAROUND: Marc Bulger feels some responsibility for the St. Louis Rams moving their training camp 400 miles north. Last year's 3-13 record was forgettable for almost everyone on the team, including their highly paid quarterback, who had only 11 touchdown passes to go with 15 interceptions. Bulger got a six-year, $65 million deal on the first day of training camp in 2007, a contract that put him among the top half-dozen quarterbacks, then followed up the best season of his career with a dud while missing four games due to various injuries. "I really don't want to harp on last year, but I learned a lot," Bulger said. "It was a good kick in the butt. Everything had been great in my career up until then. I think I learned a lot from that, and I think our team learned a lot from that, the coaches learned a lot, and I think we'll be better for it."
HESTER SIGNS 4-YEAR CONTRACT: A half hour into his first practice of training camp Sunday, Devin Hester got behind cornerback Charles Tillman and hauled in a 40-yard pass from quarterback Rex Grossman. It's the type of thing the Chicago Bears are hoping to see a lot during the regular season after signing Hester to a four-year contract extension, reportedly worth up to $40 million. "I think the Bears have a lot of faith in me, and they feel that I do a lot of things on the offensive side of the ball, so they rewarded me," said Hester, who in two seasons is two touchdown returns short of Brian Mitchell's record of 13 kick or punt returns touchdowns a mark that took 14 years to set.
SIMS HELD OUT OF PRACTICE: Lions linebacker Ernie Sims missed Sunday's afternoon practice with injuries to his right leg. Sims said he "landed funny" during a morning drill but walked off the field after the practice session ended. Trainer Dean Kleinschmidt said the third-year veteran suffered a hyperextended knee and sprained ankle, but did not believe the injuries were serious.
PRESSLEY OUT FOR SEASON: Defensive tackle DeMario Pressley was placed on injured reserve by the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, forcing the fifth-round draft pick to miss his rookie season. He fractured his right foot in practice Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Pressley was the first of the team's two fifth-round selections, taken 144th overall out of North Carolina State. Placing Pressley on injured reserve opened a roster spot, which the Saints filled by signing free agent defensive end Marquies Gunn.