NFL notebook: Packers will retire Favre's No. 4 ... someday
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers definitely will retire Brett Favre's No. 4.
It just won't happen during the 2013 season.
Speaking Tuesday after his annual meeting with reporters to discuss the team's finances, Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy made it clear that retiring Favre's number and reconciling with the future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback are important to the franchise.
But when asked if Favre could have his number retired this season, Murphy replied, “I don't anticipate that, no.”
Murphy did not rule out the quarterback making an appearance at Lambeau Field in another capacity, however, perhaps as an honorary captain or as part of the alumni weekend festivities
“We'll see,” Murphy said.
A cornerstone of the Packers renaissance in the 1990s, Favre was revered in the state after he led Green Bay to the Super Bowl title following the 1996 season. But he tested the patience of fans and franchise alike with his annual retirement watch late in his career, and his decision to retire and then unretire in 2008 prompted perhaps the messiest divorce in state history. The Packers already had made Aaron Rodgers the starter and wound up trading Favre to the Jets during training camp.
Redskins ask judge to dismiss suit
The Redskins are asking a judge to dismiss a former NFL player's lawsuit that accuses the team and former assistant coach Gregg Williams of running a bounty program that encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents.
The former player, linebacker Barrett Green, said he was targeted by the Redskins during a game Dec. 5, 2004, resulting in a career-ending knee injury. Green was playing for the Giants at the time. He played for New York and for the Detroit Lions between 2000 and 2005. He filed a lawsuit earlier this year against the Redskins, Williams and the player who hit him, Robert Royal.
Son of Panthers owner dies
Jon Richardson, the oldest son of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and the former president of the team's stadium, has died.
The Panthers said Jon Richardson died Tuesday following a lengthy fight against cancer. He was 53.
In a statement, the team called Richardson “a great friend of many people throughout the organization” and said he played “an integral role in the history of the Panthers” in the construction of Bank of America Stadium.
Report: Haslam to pay settlements
With Browns owner Jimmy Haslam trying to stave off the FBI as it investigates his Pilot Flying J business and whether it cheated trucking companies out of rebates they were owed, he's now reportedly agreed to start shelling out settlement money.
The Tennessean reported that Haslam and his truck-stop company have agreed to pay back the trucking companies who said they were owed those fuel rebates.
In addition to the original amount those companies were due, Pilot Flying J also would add six percent interest.
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