- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 30, 2008

From combined dispatches

Brett Favre has sent his reinstatement paperwork to the NFL and is awaiting approval from commissioner Roger Goodell, league spokesman Randall Liu confirmed Tuesday.

Once Favre is granted reinstatement - a step considered a formality but one that wouldn’t be forthcoming until Wednesday at the earliest - the Packers will have 24 hours to release the iconic quarterback or return him to their active roster.

If Goodell reinstates Favre on Wednesday, his return to the practice field for the Packers likely would come Friday. The team does not have a scheduled public practice Thursday. ESPN first reported that Favre faxed the letter earlier Tuesday.

“It’s obviously the first step in Brett coming back, but we’ll deal with that when Brett is reinstated and have a plan for that when he comes back,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after afternoon practice.

But it doesn’t have to come to that. If the Packers can work out a trade deemed acceptable to Favre in the next few days, they likely can avoid the potential for a major distraction in camp.

The team has no plans to grant Favre the release he has requested, suspecting that he would sign with division rival Minnesota. The Packers own Favre’s rights until his contract expires after the 2010 season, making a trade the most likely outcome acceptable to both Favre and the Packers.

GIANTS: Veteran receiver Amani Toomer missed training camp practice with swelling in his left leg.

With fellow wide receiver Steve Smith also missing the workout with general soreness, New York’s receiving corps was without its top three players. Plaxico Burress is still sidelined with a problem in his right ankle.

Coach Tom Coughlin did not seemed concerned after the two-hour workout, the team’s seventh practice in four days at the University at Albany.

EAGLES: Defensive end Chris Clemons is expected to be released soon from a hospital where he is being treated for dehydration.

Clemons was helped off the field at Lehigh University about two hours into the team’s morning practice. He was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa., in an ambulance but never lost consciousness.

COWBOYS: Cornerback Terence Newman missed practice again because of a strained groin.

Newman was on the field but not in uniform for the team’s only workout.

Newman was injured during the morning practice Monday when he became tangled with a receiver during a play and his leg twisted awkwardly. He didn’t participate in the second practice Monday.

Owner Jerry Jones said team trainers “don’t seem to be too excited about it as far as the seriousness” of the injury.

Newman went to his first Pro Bowl last season.

BILLS: Backup quarterback J.P. Losman was held out of night practice in Pittsford, N.Y., a day after jamming the thumb on his throwing hand.

Losman’s right thumb was heavily wrapped as he watched practice, but the extent of the injury was not immediately known. Losman indicated earlier in the day that the injury wasn’t severe.

PATRIOTS: Safety Rodney Harrison took part in New England’s evening practice after being taken off the physically unable to perform list.

Harrison is starting his 15th NFL season and sixth with the Patriots.

New England still has nine players on the list after beginning training camp with 12. Harrison, tackle Nick Kaczur and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis have been removed.

STEELERS: Punter Daniel Sepulveda tore the ACL in his right knee for the second time in three years and is expected to miss the season.

Sepulveda tore the ligament on the first day of practice Monday. The Steelers used undrafted rookie kicker Julian Rauch of Appalachian State as their practice punter Tuesday but claimed former Broncos punter Paul Ernster on waivers from Detroit.

The Steelers traded a sixth-round draft pick last year to move up in the fourth round and draft Sepulveda, a former Baylor star who is the only two-time winner of the Ray Guy award as the nation’s top college punter. The Steelers had drafted only one other punter in their history.

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