NFL: Vikings did not tamper

August 4th, 2008 – 3:17 PM by Judd Zulgad

Updates: There is an interesting injury update regarding defensive end Brian Robison at the end of this blog. … Also the Packers just sent out a press release saying that Brett Favre has been placed on the active roster.

MANKATO — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ruled this afternoon that the Vikings did not tamper with Brett Favre as the Packers claimed. The NFL has been investigating the claim for more than a week.

In his letter to the Packers and Vikings, Goodell said that, while those involved acknowledged conversations between Brett Favre and Vikings coaches, “None of those conversations suggest that Favre was soliciting a job or that other teams were soliciting his services.”

Update: The Vikings issued a statement that read: “We respect the Commissioner’s decision and the thoroughness of the process. We provided the league with all information requested so they could be comprehensive in their decision making. Our focus has been, and continues to be, on our football team and having a succesful season.”

The Packers alleged last month that the Vikings tampered with Favre by having inappropriate dialogue with the quarterback, who was trying to get his release from Green Bay and wanted to play for the Vikings. Favre is good friends with Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, his former position coach in Green Bay, and also knows Vikings coach Brad Childress.

A statement from the Packers read: “Based on the information that we had, the Packers thought it was appropriate to bring this matter to the league’s attention. We respect the Commissioner’s investigation of this matter and we now consider it closed.”

Favre has rejoined the Packers and been reinstated by the league. He reportedly will get the chance to compete for the Packers’ starting job against Aaron Rodgers, despite the fact Green Bay officials had said Rodgers was their guy and they had moved on.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today that the Packers had approached the Vikings to let them know Favre was available but Vikings coach Brad Childress denied today that there had been contact.

The Packers said Sunday that coach Mike McCarthy has a plan for his quarterbacks and will discuss it in a news conference at 8:15 tonight in Green Bay.


Defensive end Brian Robison said he was told by doctors today that he has a vein in the calf area of his left leg that he “has to get worked on.” Robison, the Vikings’ backup right end to Jared Allen, said he should know more either later today or tomorrow morning but that surgery is a possibility.

“It’s been something that has been there for a while and it’s just kind of flared up on me,” he said. “I have a varicose vein on my left leg. It’s something they are looking at and we went and got it looked at again today. So we’ll find out tomorrow what we need to do with it.”

Robison said he has had the vericose vein since high school and that it has gotten worse in the last couple of days. “It will keep me out a little bit of time if I have surgery on it but it’s not going to be substantial, it’s not going to go halfway into the season or anything like that,” Robison said. “It will be maybe a two- or three-week ordeal and I’ll be back at it.”

Robison was back in Mankato this afternoon after spending the morning visiting a doctor in the Twin Cities.

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