- The Washington Times - Friday, July 18, 2008

From combined dispatches

The Minnesota Vikings took a different stance Thursday in what has become the story of the summer in the NFL: They decided not to talk about Brett Favre.

The Vikings said they would not comment on allegations by the Green Bay Packers that they made inappropriate contact with Favre before or during the three-time MVP’s effort to un-retire.

“The Vikings are not commenting on the issue. These types of matters are handled by the league,” said a statement read by a team spokesman.

The Favre saga has overridden everything else going on in the NFL, turning the NFL offseason into a one-story league. Another chapter was added Wednesday night when a person familiar with the Packers’ complaint told the Associated Press that Green Bay has filed tampering charges against the Vikings.

The person, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said Packers officials believe Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had discussions with Favre that would violate league rules.

BROWNS: Wide receiver Joe Jurevicius likely will miss the start of the regular season because of his recent knee surgery.

Cleveland general manager Phil Savage told WTAM-AM that Jurevicius probably will start the season on the physically unable to perform list. If he does, Jurevicius would miss at least the first six weeks of the season.

PATRIOTS: New England signed fourth-round draft pick Jonathan Wilhite. Terms were not released.

Wilhite, a cornerback at Auburn, played 34 games and had 101 tackles and three interceptions.

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