NFL Notebook: Brett Favre plays down reports

October 25, 2013

Brett Favre dismissed the possibility of returning to the NFL with St. Louis, and Rams Coach Jeff Fisher declined to address reports he tried to lure the quarterback out of retirement to replace the injured Sam Bradford.

Favre told WSPZ he doesn’t feel physically able to compete and expressed fear he has been affected by concussions.

“It’s flattering, but you know there’s no way I’m going to do that,” Favre told Washington sports station WSPZ (570 AM) on Thursday.

Fisher changed the subject after practice, then said “Nice try” when asked whether the 44-year-old Favre could be ready to play. Bradford is out for the season with a knee injury.

“I don’t remember my daughter playing soccer, playing youth soccer, one summer,” Favre said. “I don’t remember that. I got a pretty good memory, and I have a tendency like we all do to say, ‘Where are my glasses?’ and they’re on your head. This was pretty shocking to me that I couldn’t remember my daughter playing youth soccer, just one summer, I think.

“I remember her playing basketball. I remember her playing volleyball, so I kind of think maybe she only played a game or two. I think she played eight. So that’s a little bit scary to me. For the first time in 44 years, that put a little fear in me. . . .

“I think after 20 years, God only knows the toll.”

EAGLES: Coach Chip Kelly won’t admit it, but it’s appearing more likely that Michael Vick will start Sunday when the New York Giants come to Lincoln Financial Field.

Vick practiced successfully Thursday for a third straight day and is set to undergo his toughest physical challenge of the week Friday when he’ll test out his hamstring for the first time since he injured it Oct. 6 against the Giants in New York.

“Gotta get out here and run,” Vick said. Friday’s “not a walk-through day for me.”

Nick Foles has quarterbacked the Eagles in Vick’s absence, but he suffered a concussion Sunday.

BROWNS: Wide receiver Josh Gordon says he’s tired of the incessant trade speculation surrounding him and that he’ll be relieved when Tuesday’s deadline passes.

Browns Coach Rob Chudzinski insists the Browns will not trade Gordon, but that apparently hasn’t stopped teams from making offers for the talented 22-year-old, who has 27 receptions for 450 yards and two touchdowns in five games.

Gordon was suspended for the first two games this season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, and another failed test could result in a one-year suspension.

PATRIOTS: Rookie cornerback Logan Ryan said he has been fined by the NFL for grabbing at his groin at the end of an interception return against the New York Jets. The fine was reportedly $10,000.

LONDON: The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins will travel to London next year to take part in the NFL International Series, the league announced.

The NFL will hold three games at Wembley Stadium in 2014, with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders as the designated home teams.

The lineup: Cowboys vs. Jaguars, Lions vs. Falcons and Dolphins vs. Raiders.

Dates are to be determined.

SUPER BOWL: MetLife Stadium has passed a power test in preparations for February’s Super Bowl, an organizer announced, as the NFL hopes to avoid a repeat of last winter’s power outage at the Superdome in New Orleans that delayed the game a half hour.

A recent test of electrical systems at the Meadowlands sports complex in East Rutherford, N.J., was successful but for a few minor issues, said Al Kelly, head of the host committee for the Super Bowl. He would not be more specific.

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