Favre back in Green Bay, possible Viking trade, Grant re-signs
About 56,000 fans braved Sunday night's thunderstorms to watch the Green Bay Packers' Family Night scrimmage at Lambeau Field.
However, the real action was off the field as Brett Favre flew in for a meeting today (Monday) with Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
The NFL will reinstate the three-time MVP at noon today.
There are numerous reports the 38-year-old Favre will compete with Aaron Rodgers for the starting quarterback job.
However, McCarthy says he won't make that determination until he sees if Favre is 100-percent committed to playing, in the wake of his retirement in March.
The coach told reporters that he's spoken to Favre and has made no promises.
He wants to see how Favre does in conditioning tests and then talk the 38 year-old quarterback before making a decision.
"It's about what is in the best interest of the football team, and that's what the decision will be based on," said McCarthy.
If he wins McCarthy over, the competition could begin at the team's next practice Tuesday.
If not, media reports say Favre could still be traded to Minnesota.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Favre could still be traded to the Minnesota Vikings. The paper quoted an NFC personnel executive who said the Packers called Minnesota on Friday to say he's available.
Meanwhile, Rodgers says he's not upset, and he knows the Packers are in a real jam.
"I think the organization has been put in a tough spot. It's a difficult situation when Brett decided to change his mind," said Rogers.
Rodgers told reporters that he has not officially been told that there will be a competition between him and Favre, but he's ready for it if it comes.
"There comes a time when your mentor and I get to compete and I guess that's going to happen. If I have to compete I'll give it my best shot and leave the rest up to coach." Rodgers said.
Team president Mike Murphy admitted as much Sunday in a statement released on the team's Web site (www.packers.com).
"Frankly, Brett's change of mind put us in a very difficult spot. We now will revise many actions and assumptions about our long-term future, all predicated on Brett's decision last March to retire. As a result of his decision, we invested considerably in a new and different future without Brett and we were obviously moving in that direction. That's why this wasn't easy. Having crossed the Rubicon once when Brett decided to retire, it's very difficult to reorient our plans and cross it again in the opposite direction - but we'll put this to our advantage," a portion of the statement read.
At Family Night, Rodgers completed 7-20 passes for 84 yards and an interception. He led a six-play drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown run by Brandon Jackson.
Donald Driver was the top receiver, with two catches for 31 yards.
Favre and his wife Deanna watched from a luxury box.
Meanwhile, running back Ryan Grant dressed for the scrimmage, but did not play. He still needs to pass a physical, after ending a week-long holdout Saturday by signing a four-year, $30 million contract.