Football

Rodgers era gets under way

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.

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.“

”A release just doesn't make a lot of sense from the Packers' point of view,“ Thompson said. ”I've not heard many people say that's a good option — even people that would like to hang me in effigy outside.“

Wide receiver Donald Driver spoke to Favre over the weekend. ”He's a legend,“ Driver said. ”It's just like if anybody else walked in here and wanted to come back and play, you have to welcome 'em back in.“

Lynch won't be suspended

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell won't discipline Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch for a hit-and-run accident on May 31 that left a woman injured. Because Lynch pleaded guilty to a traffic violation, Goodell said, there was no violation of the league's personal conduct policy. The woman suffered a bruised hip and a cut to her thigh that required seven stitches.

Bironas strains groin

Titans All-Pro place-kicker Rob Bironas, a Louisville Trinity graduate, strained a groin muscle Monday during a special teams drill. Bironas said he felt a little pull as he was kicking off, and trainers chose to be cautious and check out the injury.

Flood adds cost for Colts

Flooding in Lucas Oil Stadium is expected to add more than $5 million to the cost of the Indianapolis Colts' new home. Three of four internal downspouts that carry rain water away from the stadium's roof failed during a July 8 storm, dumping water 3 feet deep into a basement telecommunications center.

The project remains on schedule. The $700 million, retractable-roof stadium is due to open for public tours on Aug. 16 and the Colts will play a pre-season game Aug. 24 against the Bills.

Around the league

Buccaneers: QB Jeff Garcia said he is focused on preparing for the season — not the Bucs' supposed interest in Brett Favre. ”If (Favre) comes in, as much as the accolades are huge on that side, I'm the starting quarterback, and it's going to be a battle,“ Garcia said. ”That's just my attitude. I'm the starter here. I'm going to choke it to death until somebody pulls my grip off of it.“

Giants: Receiver Plaxico Burress says it's his ankle, not his contract, that is keeping him on the sideline. ”If it was only about my contract, I would be home in South Florida relaxing,“ Burress said. Burress said he rolled his right ankle a couple weeks ago while running to get in shape.

Rams: Steven Jackson, a bruising running back coming off his third consecutive 1,000-yard season, missed his fourth day of training camp while making a stand for a new contract. Tight end Randy McMichael said he's checked in several times with Jackson. ”He misses it, don't think he doesn't miss this because I know he does,“ McMichael said. ”But this is the business part of the game.“

■ Rams defensive end Victor Adeyanju will be sidelined two to four weeks after breaking his right middle finger in practice Sunday.

Steelers: Four-time Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu, beset by knee, rib and abdominal injuries last season, pulled his left hamstring while running and couldn't take part in the first two practices Monday.

Jaguars: Center Brad Meester could miss the start of the season because of a strained right biceps. Meester sustained the injury during training camp Sunday.

Saints: Rookie Sedrick Ellis' holdout reached its sixth day Monday, and Saints Coach Sean Payton appeared to be growing tired of it. ”He's missing opportunities to get better, and that can affect his play,“ Payton said. Ellis, a 6-foot-1, 307-pound defensive tackle out of Southern Cal, was drafted in the seventh round.

Cowboys: Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman missed practice Monday because of a strained groin sustained in the morning workout. Coach Wade Phillips said Newman got tangled up with a receiver during a play.

49ers: Running back Michael Robinson will miss at least one week of training camp after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee.

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