Brett Favre dismissed the possibility of returning to the NFL with St. Louis, and Rams coach Jeff Fisher declined to address reports he tried to lure the quarterback out of retirement to replace the injured Sam Bradford.
Favre told WSPZ he doesn’t feel physically able to compete and expressed fear that he has been affected by concussions.
Week 8 schedule
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 6:25 p.m., NFL
Cleveland at Kansas City, 11 a.m.
Buffalo at New Orleans, 11 a.m.
Miami at New England, 11 a.m., Ch. 2
Dallas at Detroit, 11 a.m.
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 11 a.m.
San Francisco vs. Jacksonville at London, 11 a.m., Ch. 13
Pittsburgh at Oakland, 2:05 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati, 2:05 p.m.
Atlanta at Arizona, 2:25 p.m.
Washington at Denver, 2:25 p.m., Ch. 13
Green Bay at Minnesota, 6:30 p.m., Ch. 5
Open: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee
Seattle at St. Louis, 6:40 p.m., ESPN
"It’s flattering, but you know there’s no way I’m going to do that," Favre told Washington sports station WSPZ-AM on Thursday.
Fisher changed the subject after practice, then said "Nice try" when asked whether the 44-year-old Favre could be ready to play. Bradford is out for the season with a knee injury.
"I don’t remember my daughter playing soccer, playing youth soccer, one summer," Favre said. "I don’t remember that. I got a pretty good memory, and I have a tendency like we all do to say, ‘Where are my glasses?’ and they’re on your head. This was pretty shocking to me that I couldn’t remember my daughter playing youth soccer, just one summer, I think. I remember her playing basketball, I remember her playing volleyball, so I kind of think maybe she only played a game or two. I think she played eight. So that’s a little bit scary to me. For the first time in 44 years, that put a little fear in me. …
"I think after 20 years, God only knows the toll."
Rams defensive end Robert Quinn didn’t think there was anything to the reports.
"Brett Favre is staying retired," Quinn said. "Brett hasn’t played since 2010 and he’s comfortable down there in Mississippi on a boat or something. Have fun with it, Brett."
NFL releases 2014 London matchups
The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins will travel to London next year to take part in the NFL International Series, the league announced Thursday.
The NFL will hold three games at Wembley Stadium in 2014, with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders as the designated home teams.
The lineup: Cowboys vs. Jaguars, Lions vs. Falcons, and Dolphins vs. Raiders.
Around the league
Broncos • Peyton Manning returned to practice Thursday after the team held him out a day earlier because of a minor ankle injury he sustained in Denver’s loss at Indianapolis last weekend.
Eagles • Coach Chip Kelly won’t admit it, but it’s appearing more and more likely that Michael Vick will start on Sunday, when the Giants come to Lincoln Financial Field. Vick on Thursday practiced successfully for a third straight day and is set to undergo his toughest physical challenge of the week Friday when he’ll test out his hamstring for the first time since he injured it on Oct. 6.
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