New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre acknowledged that he spoke to former Detroit Lions president Matt Millen a few weeks ago but denied reports he called Millen and gave him and Lions coaches information they could use in a game against the Green Bay Packers.
Favre, who had a bitter split with the Packers in the offseason, said Millen called to invite him to go hunting. The friends then briefly talked about football.
"I didn't give him any game planning," Favre said. "I haven't been in that offense in over a year. I don't know what else to tell you. It was pretty simple."
Favre spent nearly 15 minutes answering questions about the Foxsports.com report Sunday that said he called the Lions before their Sept. 14 game against the Packers. The report said Favre spent more than an hour giving Millen and Lions coaches information on nuances of the offense he used to run. Green Bay won the game, 48-25.
Jay Glazer, who wrote the story for Foxsports.com, defended what he wrote. "I stand by my story 1000 percent," Glazer told the Associated Press. " ... The way I do my work, I don't go on what just one person told me. I investigated this fully and for quite some time."
Both Favre and Jets coach Eric Mangini said sharing information is common in the NFL, and it isn't against league rules.
Browns:: Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow appealed his one-game suspension for critical comments he made about the team's handling of his hospitalization with a staph infection, the latest development in a bizarre back-and-forth squabble. Winslow was critical of general manager Phil Savage and said he came forward only to reveal he had staph - for the second time - out of concern for his teammates' health. Union attorney Adam Kaiser will represent Winslow in an expedited grievance proceeding before an arbitrator in Cleveland tomorrow or Saturday. According to coach Romeo Crennel and Savage, the team and Winslow made a joint decision to keep the player's medical condition confidential. But Winslow broke the apparent pact after Sunday's loss in Washington, revealing he had staph and saying the team, which has had at least six known cases of staph since 2005, asked him to conceal it.
Chiefs: : Saying he was "kind of disgusted with myself," a nervous-looking Larry Johnson apologized for behavior that has led to an NFL investigation and to his benching for a second straight week. "I want to start off saying I apologize to the Hunt family, my family, first and foremost, the fans, teammates, coaches and players," Kansas City's two-time Pro Bowl running back said. "This is the first time in my life I actually had to stand up, I mean actually woke up and kind of be disgusted with myself and disgusted as far as the way my life and my career is heading right now." Coach Herm Edwards had announced a few minutes earlier that Johnson would be benched, not suspended, for a second straight week. Police and the NFL are investigating a report that Johnson spat several times on a woman at a Kansas City nightclub. It's the fourth time in five years he has been accused of assaulting a woman. Johnson's continuing troubles were only part of the bad news the Chiefs (1-5) were dealing with. Edwards also announced that his top two quarterbacks, Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard, suffered season-ending injuries in last week's 34-10 loss to Tennessee. Croyle is gone with a severe injury to his left knee, and Huard is joining him on injured reserve with an injury to his right hand. Third-teamer Tyler Thigpen, who threw three interceptions in a blowout loss to Atlanta this season in his only NFL start, will start at the Jets on Sunday and be backed up by Ingle Martin.
Patriots: : Rodney Harrison's season - and possibly his career - is over after the safety tore a thigh muscle. The Patriots placed the player, 35, on injured reserve. The 15-year veteran is in the final year of his contract. Harrison hurt his right quadriceps on the final play of the third quarter Monday night during a 41-7 victory over Denver. The Patriots also signed defensive back Antwain Spann from their practice squad.
Steelers: : The NFL assured several of Pittsburgh's top players during an uncommon in-season meeting that the league isn't trying to transform Hines Ward into Fines Ward. NFL executive vice president Ray Anderson repeatedly emphasized during an unannounced closed-door meeting that included Ward, Troy Polamalu and coach Mike Tomlin that the Steelers aren't being singled out by the league for discipline. During a recent two-week stretch, four Steelers were fined a total of $50,000, including $15,000 in fines to Ward for two plays that weren't penalized on the field.