- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 17, 2009

From combined dispatches

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth began serving a 30-day jail sentence Tuesday for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk in Florida, a punishment made possible by his cooperation with investigators and the fervent wish by the victim’s family to put the matter behind them.

Stallworth, 28, also reached a confidential financial settlement with the family of 59-year-old Mario Reyes, a construction worker struck and killed early on March 14 by Stallworth, driving drunk in his black 2005 Bentley.

Stallworth had faced 15 years in prison for his DUI manslaughter conviction. After his release from jail, he must serve two years of house arrest and spend eight years on probation. The house arrest provisions will allow him to resume his football career, his attorney said.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is reviewing the matter for possible disciplinary action. Stallworth could face suspension without pay for some games this year.

FAVRE: Brett Favre ended weeks of silence Monday by making it clear that if his surgically repaired right arm is healthy, he wants to return to the NFL - as a member of the Vikings. During an interview on HBO, the retired quarterback admitted it “makes perfect sense” for him to play in Minnesota, even referring to the Vikings as “we” at one point.

“It’s an offense that I ran for 16 years,” Favre said on the debut episode of “Joe Buck Live,” referring to the short-passing West Coast offense system that the Green Bay Packers ran and the Vikings use.

Favre confirmed he underwent a procedure 2 1/2 weeks ago performed by noted surgeon James Andrews. The arthroscopic surgery enabled Andrews to clip the partially torn biceps tendon in Favre’s right arm and thus begin the healing process. Andrews told Favre that he should know whether it was a success in four or five weeks.

Favre said Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman visited Hattiesburg, Miss., on Sunday to show him some exercises related to rehabbing his arm. And Favre admitted that Vikings coach Brad Childress asked him to attend the team’s offseason workouts, even though the three-time NFL MVP with the Packers would not have been asked to participate.

PACKERS: Green Bay signed defensive end Jarius Wynn, cornerback Brandon Underwood and linebacker Brad Jones.

The Packers also signed Devin Frischknecht, a tight end from Washington State, and released cornerback Joshua Abrams.

CARDINALS: The Arizona Cardinals signed sixth-round draft pick Will Davis.

The 6-foot-2, 261-pound Davis was a defensive end in college at Illinois. He will be converted to outside linebacker.

FALCONS: Atlanta signed two more draft picks, including third-round pick Christopher Owens, a cornerback.

The Falcons also signed offensive tackle Garrett Reynolds, a fifth-round pick from North Carolina.

From combined dispatches.

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