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If Sherman gets boot, Favre might follow

By wire services
Published November 4, 2005


GREEN BAY, Wis. - Brett Favre says he would be reluctant to return to the Packers next season if Mike Sherman isn't still coaching the team.

The Packers (1-6) are off to their worst start since 1991, which has led to speculation about Sherman's future.

Favre, 36, told the Associated Press on Thursday that Sherman's status would play an important role in his annual decision to keep on playing or to call it a career.

"I don't think there's one specific thing that would make me say yeah or no. It's just a culmination of a lot of different things, that being one of them," Favre said. "Maybe you're on the verge of saying yeah, and then you say, "You know what, do I really want to sit in meetings and have to learn something all over again?'

"That could be the straw that breaks the camel's back."

General manager Ted Thompson, who has refused to comment on Sherman's future, was out of his office and didn't immediately return a phone call.

BATCH IN FOR ROETHLISBERGER: Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger is out for the second time in a month with an injured knee, and Charlie Batch, who has not thrown a pass since 2003, will take his place at quarterback against Green Bay. Roethlisberger had arthroscopic surgery to remove a damaged piece of cartilage from his right knee and will miss Sunday's game and possibly the Nov. 13 game against Cleveland. Coach Bill Cowher said the normal recovery time is 10-14 days.

OWNER UNDECIDED: The Saints say owner Tom Benson has not decided whether he will be at Sunday's game in Baton Rouge, and frustration caused him to send an e-mail to the league saying he would not attend any more games at LSU's Tiger Stadium this season or next. Team spokesman Greg Bensel said that Benson was upset by treatment from fans after a 21-6 loss to Miami on Sunday in Baton Rouge.

Benson, who attended the game with his wife, Gayle, granddaughter and grandson, was involved in an altercation with a New Orleans TV cameraman and a fan as the owner and his family left the stadium. The anger toward Benson stems from talks he apparently had about relocating the team to San Antonio, Texas, where the Saints practice and play some of their home games.

T.O. BACK: Eagles receiver Terrell Owens returned to practice, a day after he was listed as doubtful with an injured right ankle for Sunday against Washington. QB Donovan McNabb missed his second straight practice with a rib injury, and was downgraded to questionable.

BILLS: Reserve cornerback Kevin Thomas likely will miss the rest of the season with an injured right knee.

CHARGERS: Mike Scifres agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2011 that his agent, Harold Lewis, said makes him the league's highest-paid punter. No figures were released.

JAGUARS: Defensive tackle John Henderson is probable for Sunday against Houston after hurting his knee in practice.

LIONS: Quarterback Joey Harrington, who sat out the past two games in favor of Jeff Garcia, will replace the injured Garcia on Sunday at Minnesota.

RAIDERS: Randy Moss (ribs, groin) was held out of practice for the second straight day. The receiver is listed as questionable for Sunday at Kansas City.