- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 10, 2008

From combined dispatches

Brett Favre got a standing ovation from an overflow crowd that went to great lengths to get a good look at the New York Jets’ newest quarterback Saturday. He was cheered again when he completed his first pass of practice.

Those delirious fans won’t have to wait long to see him in action against another team.

Jets coach Eric Mangini said Favre will start Saturday against the Redskins in the team’s preseason home opener. If Favre’s first practice was any indication, get ready for a frenzied atmosphere for a largely meaningless game.

More than 10,000 fans packed the club’s practice facility in Hempstead, N.Y., to catch a glimpse of the iconic QB in his first appearance on a field with New York. Favre was acquired from Green Bay late Wednesday night, sending a jolt through the franchise and the rest of the NFL.

Favre sounded ready to move past the hype and get back to work on the field.

“The pressure is just building,” he said Friday. “The attention I’ve gotten since I’ve been here has been overwhelming. The bottom line, as we all know, is to win games. That’s what I’m here to do.”

LIONS: Cornerback Stanley Wilson will miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles’ tendon.

The four-year veteran was injured in Thursday night’s preseason opener against the New York Giants, a 13-10 Detroit victory.

A torn Achilles tendon typically requires up to a year of rehabilitation after surgery.

BROWNS: Cleveland released Gary Baxter, ending the safety’s hopes of making a comeback from knee surgery this season.

The Browns released Baxter four days after he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to remove loose cartilage.

Baxter tore both patellar tendons on the same play in a 2006 game against Denver.

PATRIOTS: New England have signed cornerback Jeff Shoate and placed safety Tank Williams on the injured reserve list.

Terms of the deal with the 27-year-old Shoate were not disclosed.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Shoate has played in 14 NFL games, all with Denver.

The Patriots signed Williams on March 6. The 6-2, 223-pound free agent has 59 starts in six seasons for Tennessee and Minnesota.

GIANTS: Rookie linebacker Jonathan Goff will be sidelined indefinitely with a back injury, coach Tom Coughlin said.

The fifth-round draft pick from Vanderbilt broke part of a vertebra in his lower back in the second quarter of the preseason opener against Detroit on Thursday night.

The team has not decided whether to place Goff on injured reserve or give him more time to recover. If he is placed on injured reserve, he cannot play or practice with the team.

JAGUARS: Defensive end James Wyche was placed on the waived/injured list with a torn Achilles tendon.

The Jaguars, looking for help at defensive end with first-round pick Derrick Harvey still a holdout, signed veteran free agent Bo Schobel.

The 27-year-old Schobel played two games for Arizona last season. He was waived by the Cardinals on July 21 and was in uniform for Saturday night’s preseason game against Atlanta.

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