Investigation into Brett Favre’s conduct continues
The NFL still is investigating allegations that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent lewd photos and inappropriate text messages to a New York Jets game hostess two years ago, with the door open to a conversation between the woman and league officials.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Friday the review is ongoing.
“At this point we have not reached any conclusions,” Aiello said. “We will continue to pursue opportunities to speak with individuals that potentially have information.”
Phil Reese, the manager for the former hostess, Jenn Sterger, told the Associated Press that she is “strongly considering” speaking with NFL officials conducting the probe.
“We’re certainly headed in that direction,” added her lawyer, Joseph Conway. “We do have a dialogue with the NFL in terms of a potential meeting. There’s nothing definitive.”
Favre was interviewed by NFL vice president for security Milt Ahlerich on Tuesday about his alleged advances toward Sterger in 2008, when Favre played for the Jets. Neither he nor the NFL has provided details of that meeting.
Titans excuse Britt from practice
Tennessee Coach Jeff Fisher excused Kenny Britt from practice and is giving him the benefit of the doubt while he gathers information about a bar fight the coach says the wide receiver tried to break up.
“My understanding at this point is that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. There was an altercation, but he was one of those that was trying to break it up. That’s my understanding right now, and I’m still gathering facts,” Fisher said.
WSMV-TV first reported Britt was involved in a fight at Club Karma at 1:45 a.m. ET Friday.
Harold Pointer, 26, told police he was drinking at the bar when Bradford Miser, 29, punched him in the face. When officers asked Miser why he punched Pointer, he said he had been elbowed in the throat. When Pointer and Miser fell to the ground, Pointer and witnesses told police Britt joined Miser in hitting the man.
An investigation into possible misdemeanor assault remained open Friday afternoon.
Britt was arrested in January when police found three outstanding traffic warrants from two different New Jersey towns. Britt paid the $865 due and was released. Then Britt was stopped by Nashville police during training camp 30 minutes before curfew because his car windows were tinted too dark.
Cribbs defends Harrison
Although he was knocked out on a vicious hit by Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs told his friend not to change the way he plays — despite the NFL’s crackdown on helmet hits.
Cribbs returned to practice Friday after suffering a concussion when he was struck last week by Harrison, his former teammate at Kent State. Cribbs defended the hit and said Harrison’s job is to simply “knock people out.”
Cribbs said he spoke to Harrison this week. Cribbs believes he helped persuade Pittsburgh’s big hitter not to retire in the wake of the league’s fining Harrison $75,000 for a hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, who is still sidelined because of a concussion.
NFL fines 12 players
The NFL fined 12 more players, mostly for unnecessary roughness in games last weekend, sending another message that violent conduct wouldn’t be tolerated.
Minnesota defensive end Ray Edwards was fined the most, $20,000, for spearing Dallas running back Marion Barber on Sunday. Edwards was cited as a repeat offender; he was previously fined Aug. 28 for roughing the passer and Sept. 26 for unnecessary roughness.
Jason Campbell’s injured left knee is improving and he is expected to be able to start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders this weekend against Denver. . . . Tennessee quarterback Vince Young missed a third consecutive practice because of a sprained left knee and ankle and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. . . . The Jacksonville Jaguars ruled out starter David Garrard because of a concussion and listed backup Trent Edwards as questionable with a badly sprained thumb on his throwing hand. That leaves Todd Bouman as the probable starting quarterback Sunday. . . . Indianapolis put Pro Bowl tight end Dallas Clark on injured reserve and said he will have season-ending wrist surgery. . . . The New York Jets waived linebacker Kenwin Cummings, who played mostly on special teams. . . . Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith practiced for a third straight day and is probable for Sunday’s game against San Francisco. Smith has been out since spraining his left ankle against New Orleans on Oct. 3.
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