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McCarthy: 'Rodgers is our quarterback'

July 26, 2008 at 2:51 PM   |   Comments

GREEN BAY, Wis., July 26 (UPI) -- Brett Favre will be a backup at quarterback this season if he decides to apply for reinstatement and rejoin the Packers.

Coach Mike McCarthy tersely answered reporters questions about the status of the future hall of famer at a news conference in Green Bay preceding the team's first day of training camp Sunday at Saint Norbert College in DePere, Wisc.

"Aaron Rodgers is the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers," McCarthy said. "That's been stated over and over again. I hope we understand that. I don't know how else to say it."

Favre, 38, announced his retirement March 6, but has threatened to show up when camp opens.

To get back into the league, he would have to file reinstatement papers with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Recent reports have said the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are possible suitors. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also reported cell phone records indicated Favre talked with Minnesota Vikings Coach Brad Childress and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

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