- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 29, 2008

With the Brett Favre standoff still simmering, Aaron Rodgers took his place Monday as the Packers’ new starting quarterback.

Rodgers is trying to ignore what has become a daily soap opera involving the three-time MVP. Favre is considering filing for reinstatement with the NFL and reporting to camp this week, a move likely intended to pressure Green Bay to grant him his release - something the Packers refuse to do - or trade him.

The NFL had not received reinstatement paperwork from Favre as of Monday evening.

“I feel like this is really between Brett and the organization, and I’m just trying to stay focused on the things I can control,” Rodgers said after the team’s first practice at camp.

General manager Ted Thompson spoke twice with Favre on Saturday for about 45 minutes each time. They decided it would be best for Favre to stay away from Green Bay for now.

“We still have not gotten to the point where we agree on what the best option is,” Thompson said Monday. “We have sort of agreed to disagree, and at that time he suggested he would probably delay coming to training camp for at least a couple of days to see how things worked out.”

BENGALS: Receiver Chad Johnson didn’t participate in Cincinnati’s first practice of training camp because his right ankle hasn’t fully recovered from surgery.

Johnson spent time rehabilitating the ankle, which was surgically cleaned out last month. The ankle is still sore, and he runs with a pronounced limp. He warmed up with the team on the field, then went into the trainer’s room.

Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski said Johnson is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

BILLS: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell won’t discipline running back Marshawn Lynch for a hit-and-run accident that left a woman injured.

Lynch lost his license last month after he pleaded guilty to a traffic violation. He was driving his 2008 Porsche Cayenne SUV about 3:30 a.m. on May 31 when he hit a 27-year-old Ontario woman and kept going.

He could have faced criminal charges but reached a plea deal with prosecutors. The woman suffered a bruised hip and a cut to her thigh that required seven stitches.



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