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No word yet on Favre, McCarthy talks; Grant needs to catch up

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River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Brett Favre and Packers' coach Mike McCarthy met for 4.5 hours Monday night - about three times longer than they originally planned.

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We won't know what they talked about until later today (Tuesday) when McCarthy will speak to his team and then to reporters.

The Packers will return to the practice field at 2 p.m. and at this point it's not known if the three-time MVP quarterback will join them.

One report said Favre and McCarthy would weigh their options overnight.

The Packers added Favre to their 80-man roster about four hours after he was officially re-instated following his March retirement. He had passed a medical exam and a conditioning test.

To make room on the roster, the Packers placed corner Condrew Allen on injured reserve with a knee problem.

Earlier Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said there was no evidence that the Minnesota Vikings improperly tampered with Favre in an effort to sign him.

Goodell said there were conversations between Favre, Vikings' coach Brad Childress, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell - all long-time friends.

However, the commissioner said there was no evidence that Favre was asking for a job, or that Vikings were trying to get him.

Also, Childress denied knowing anything about reports that Packers' General Manager Ted Thompson told the Vikings last Friday that Favre was still available for a possible trade.

Grant needs to catch up

After strong showings by running backs Brandon Jackson and Vernand Morency in camp and in Sunday night's Family Night scrimmage, McCarthy said that former hold-out Ryan Grant has some catching up to do.

"Really, the way Brandon Jackson has played, Vernand Morency, he's a step behind those guys. He needs to get in camp and get going. I'm glad he's here," said McCarthy.

Grant said that during his hold out he maintained the same practice schedule as the Packers and worked hard with his trainers.

"I expect to get involved in practice and do whatever it takes to get myself back on track," said Grant.

Defense gelled

The coach noted that while the first-string offense seemed to struggle during the scrimmage the defense seemed to gel.

"As a whole, I thought their production was outstanding. I really thought they flew to the ball. It looked to me, from not studying it, it looked like they did a good job with the bump at the line of scrimmage, disrupting the routes. I thought the defense had a very good night," McCarthy said.

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