If it were his right shoulder, Brett Favre’s injury would be the story of the Super Bowl.
The three-time MVP quarterback of the Green Bay Packers said Thursday he might have a torn rotator cuff in his non-throwing shoulder, but it hasn’t affected his play this season and shouldn’t bother him against the Denver Broncos on Jan. 25.
Favre said he doesn’t plan to have off-season surgery, either.
“It’s not a big deal. I don’t know exactly what it is, but it feels like there’s something in there and they think maybe it’s torn cartilage or a torn cuff,” Favre said. “But it’s the left arm. It just hurts certain times. If I had to throw with it, I don’t know if I could.
“But I don’t have to worry about that.”
Favre, who said he wasn’t on any medication for the injury, couldn’t recall how or when he first hurt the shoulder.
Donahoe not Seahawks GM - yet
After two days of talks with Seattle Seahawks president Bob Whitsitt, Tom Donahoe headed back to Pittsburgh. The Steelers’ director of football operations was not offered the job of Seahawks general manager, Whitsitt said, but more talks are planned.
Donahoe has said he would discuss anything that came from his visit to Seattle with Steelers owner Dan Rooney.
Donahoe did not meet with Seahawks coach Dennis Erickson, and Whitsitt would not say if they met with owner Paul Allen.
Madden won’t bolt to ABC
Any talk of John Madden leaving Fox to join ABC’s “Monday Night Football” can now be squelched.
Madden signed a five-year deal to stay with Fox, the network announced. Salary was not disclosed, but, reportedly, Madden made $8 million a year with Fox, who used him as the cornerstone to their NFL coverage once they put in the winning bid to do NFC games four years ago.
Madden, 61, sticks with Pat Summerall, his broadcast partner the last 17 seasons.
Spit helps Broncos shine
Bill Romanowski’s much-publicized spitting incident, which some of his own teammates said had racial overtones, might have split the Denver Broncos. Instead, it seemed to unite them.
When the Denver linebacker spit in the face of San Francisco wide receiver J.J. Stokes and the incident was caught by ABC cameras during a Monday night game on Dec. 15, it created an uproar.
Romanowski, fined $7,500 by the NFL, was apologetic and embarrassed, but the reaction of two of his black teammates elevated the issue beyond bad judgment.
Tight end Shannon Sharpe and wide receiver Willie Green both felt the fine should have been stiffer.
“I think that’s the worst thing you can do to a person, especially of our background and our race, is to spit in his face,” Sharpe said.
Three days after the incident, the Broncos held a team meeting and then presented a united front. Sharpe and Green agreed Romanowski isn’t a racist and insisted the controversy hadn’t damaged the team.
Decision near between Flutie, Bills
Negotiations continue between Doug Flutie and the Buffalo Bills on a deal that could bring the six-time Canadian Football League MVP back to the NFL.
Jack Mula, the 35-year-old quarterback’s agent, said a decision should come in the next few days.
Flutie, the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner, led the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts to Grey Cup titles the last two years.
He played for Chicago and New England in the NFL.
Lane benefits from TV deal
The New England Patriots have signed guard Max Lane to a five-year contract, worth a reported $11 million.
Lane, 26, is seen as one of the first beneficiaries of a new $17.6 billion television deal announced Tuesday by the NFL. He earned less than $200,000 last season, his fourth in the league.
The TV package is expected to allow each team to spend about $8 million a year more on salaries.
Lane was shifted from right tackle to left guard last season.
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