NFL Notebook

Favre Says He Didn't Game Plan With Lions

Associated Press
Thursday, October 23, 2008

New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre acknowledged yesterday that he spoke to former Detroit president Matt Millen last month, but denied reports he called Millen and gave him and Lions coaches information they could use in a game against the Green Bay Packers.

Favre, who had a bitter split with the Packers in the offseason, said that Millen called to invite him to go hunting. The friends then briefly talked about football.

"I didn't give him any game planning," Favre said. "I haven't been in that offense in over a year. I don't know what else to tell you. It was pretty simple."

Favre spent nearly 15 minutes answering questions about the report Sunday that said he called the Lions before their Sept. 14 game against the Packers. The report said Favre spent more than an hour giving Millen and Lions coaches information on nuances of the offense he used to run. Green Bay won the game, 48-25.

Favre said he received a call from Millen while traveling home from the Jets' training facility, and the two spoke for no more than 25 minutes.

"When Matt called me and was talking about hunting and told me that he lived an hour from here, don't think for a second I wasn't thinking, 'Now, surely he wants to know something,' " Favre said. "Yeah, I played for the Packers for 16 years, and we played against the Lions a bunch, but it's no secret what we did against them. I don't have a playbook from Green Bay. I didn't send the playbook. I didn't call him and say, 'Look, if you do this, you're going to win the game.' I didn't do that."

· CHIEFS: Running back Larry Johnson apologized for behavior that has led to an NFL investigation and to his benching for a second straight week.

"I want to start off saying I apologize to the Hunt family, my family, first and foremost, the fans, teammates, coaches and players," Johnson said at a news conference.

"This is the first time in my life I actually had to stand up, I mean actually woke up and kind of be disgusted with myself and disgusted as far as the way my life and my career is heading right now."

Johnson did not play last week against Tennessee as punishment for violating team rules. Since then, it has been disclosed that police and the NFL are investigating a report that Johnson spat several times on a woman at a Kansas City nightclub.

Also yesterday, quarterbacks Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard were placed on season-ending injured reserve. That leaves third-teamer Tyler Thigpen to start Sunday at the Jets.

· BROWNS: Tight end Kellen Winslow has appealed his one-game suspension for comments he made about the team's handling of his hospitalization with a staph infection, his publicist said. Winslow was suspended without pay by General Manager Phil Savage on Tuesday for comments and behavior disparaging to the organization.

· COWBOYS: Quarterback Tony Romo doesn't expect to play again until mid-November. Romo, who wanted to play last week with a broken pinkie on his throwing hand, said yesterday the plan now is to come back after the bye week.

· BRONCOS: Linebacker Boss Bailey and backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey were placed on injured reserve, and cornerback Champ Bailey is out for at least a month. All three were hurt in Denver's 41-7 loss at New England on Monday night.

© 2008 The Washington Post Company