- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 21, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he’s still “following up” on some of the information in the Brett Favre investigation to make sure it’s thorough and reaches “the right conclusion.”

Goodell met with Favre briefly during his visit to Minnesota for Monday’s Bears-Vikings game at snowy TCF Bank Stadium. He did not elaborate on the nature of the work he has left to do on the investigation, nor would he be specific when asked when he’ll declare his decision.

“I’m not going to put a timetable on it, other than I did say I hope it’ll be by the end of the regular season,” Goodell said.

He added: “We want to be as thorough and serious about it and reach the right conclusion.”

Favre said he had a “brief conversation” with Goodell before the game, but the quarterback declined to elaborate on the discussion.

“I wouldn’t call that an investigation or anything like that,” Favre said.

Favre allegedly sent inappropriate messages and lewd photos to former New York Jets game emcee Jenn Sterger two years ago when they were both with the team. The allegations against the 41-year-old quarterback surfaced months ago on the website Deadspin.

Favre, who was declared out for the game when the Vikings issued their injury report on Saturday, was upgraded to questionable on Monday and started despite a sprained throwing shoulder that kept him out the week before and ended his NFL-record streak of 297 straight regular-season games started.

His return didn’t last long. Bears defensive end Corey Wootton slammed Minnesota’s 41-year-old quarterback to the ground in the second quarter, and Favre watched the rest of a 40-14 loss from the bench.

Favre has said several times this year that this will be his last season, and only two games remain.

Goodell requested a meeting earlier in the day with Minnesota Gov.-elect Mark Dayton regarding the team’s drive for a new stadium. The Vikings had been lobbying for a new place to play for more than a decade before the Metrodome’s roof collapsed under the weight of last weekend’s blizzard.

Goodell also met with business leaders, union leaders and state legislators. He said he’ll help however he can.

“I think there’s a recognition that we need to find a long-term solution for the Vikings here, get a new stadium built, and we’re all going to work together,” commissioner said.

Dayton said before the meeting that Goodell will have a “crucial” role in the process.

“If it’s a good deal for the people of Minnesota, I’ll support it,” Dayton said. “If the financial benefits of 8,000 construction jobs, the taxes they pay, the additional revenues from contractors, subcontractors, all of the financial gains to the state of Minnesota exceed the costs, then it’s a good deal for the people of Minnesota.”

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