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Murphy to tell Favre to stay home; Harrell may be out for good

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Packers' president Mark Murphy will reportedly meet with Brett Favre and his agent today (Tuesday) in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette says Murphy will ask the three-time MVP to stay away from training camp.

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The NFL received Favre's request to be taken off the retired list Tuesday and Commissioner Roger Goodell has given the Packers an extra day to resolve the situation.

Once the reinstatement is approved, the Packers will have 24 hours to welcome Favre back, release him, or trade him.

The team says they're trying to move on after Favre's retirement March sixth.

Tuesday, Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Aaron Rodgers will start all four of Green Bay's exhibition games, starting Aug. 11 against Cincinnati.

"He'll be starting all of the games as the starter. We've talked about possibly playing our first group maybe a little longer, and those are things that we'll discuss," said McCarthy at a post-practice press conference.

If Favre does return, McCarthy says the 38-year-old quarterback will take a medical exam and a conditioning test and then he'll meet with Favre on the best way to proceed after that.

The last thing the Packers want is for Favre to be hurt as a back-up at camp, forcing them to pay his $12 million salary for this year.

Trade talks seem to be futile at this point.

One report said Tampa Bay would take Favre for a lower-round draft choice something the Packers apparently rejected.

The Packers are still against releasing Favre, apparently assuming he'll bolt for their rival Minnesota Vikings.

Players reaction

For now the players are trying to concentrate on football, despite post-practice deluge of questions on the Favre situation from reporters.

"It's going to be an interesting situation obviously with the little that has taken place, we'll see what they do upstairs. We have little control over it. All we can do it to catch the balls they throw to us," remarked Greg Jennings, Packer wide-receiver.

Veteran offensive tackle Mark Tauscher told reporters that the players are more concerned about what happens on the practice field and about the only time they think about the Favre problem is when reporters ask about it.

"I know you guys (reporters) don't believe us, but we really can we (players) can't get caught up in all of this," said Tauscher.

"When we are out there playing and preparing, trust me I don't think there is anybody in this locker room that is thinking about this (Favre) scenario. We are thinking about the execution of the plays we've installed and playing football," Tauscher added.

Harrell out

Packers' defensive tackle Justin Harrell has been put on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

The team did not announce the move, but it showed up on the NFL's transaction wire.

Harrell was Green Bay's first round draft pick a year ago. He had surgery in April for an injured disc in his back. Harrell's rehabilitation suffered a setback last week and he says he's not sure when he'll be able to return to the field.

Meanwhile, corner Tramon Williams says he hopes to return in time for the Packers' Family Night scrimmage on Sunday night at Lambeau Field. He injured a hip flexor at practice on Monday.

Bodiford also out

The Packers placed wide receiver Shaun Bodiford on injured reserve with a back injury. Bodiford played in six games with Green Bay last season.

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