Favre Headed Back To Green Bay

- Though the Green Bay Packers say Brett

Favre has put them in a difficult situation, they're prepared to

welcome him back.

The NFL announced Sunday that Favre will be reinstated and added

to the Packers' active roster on Monday. Commissioner Roger Goodell

had held off on granting Favre's request for reinstatement for

nearly a week, hoping Favre and the team could resolve their


"Although we built this year around the assumption that Brett

meant what he said about retiring, Brett is coming back," said

team president and CEO Mark Murphy. "We will welcome him back and

turn this situation to our advantage."

The reinstatement will become effective at 1 p.m. EDT Monday,

when Favre will be added to the Packers' active roster. By

reinstating Favre, Goodell is following through on a recent promise

to force action.

Earlier this week, the team offered Favre a long-term,

multimillion-dollar marketing agreement that likely would have kept

him retired. But Favre's decision to report to camp makes such an

agreement less likely.

A trade remains a possibility.

"Frankly, Brett's change of mind put us in a very difficult

spot," Murphy said in a statement released by the team. "We now

will revise many actions and assumptions about our long-term

future, all predicated on Brett's decision last March to retire.

"As a result of his decision, we invested considerably in a new

and different future without Brett and we were obviously moving in

that direction. That's why this wasn't easy. Having crossed the

Rubicon once when Brett decided to retire, it's very difficult to

reorient our plans and cross it again in the opposite direction -

but we'll put this to our advantage."

Could reorienting their plans include a competition between

Favre and Aaron Rodgers for the starting job? Team officials have

maintained that if Favre returned to the Packers, it would be in

some role other than as the starter - and have said Rodgers is

their starter.

In his statement, Murphy said only that coach Mike McCarthy

would "talk to the team and the quarterbacks about the plan moving

forward, and after he has done that we will share it publicly."

Earlier Sunday, Favre's agent, James "Bus" Cook, confirmed

that Favre planned to fly to Green Bay on Sunday and report to the

Packers on Monday.

"That's the plan," Cook said in an e-mail to The Associated


Favre could be on the field as early as Tuesday.

Favre retired in March but has been having second thoughts. Team

officials have insisted they are moving on with Rodgers, though,

causing tensions to rise between Favre and the team.

Team officials publicly have ruled out releasing Favre, fearing

he would immediately sign with division rival Minnesota.

The team has a scrimmage at Lambeau Field on Sunday night, then

does not have another scheduled public practice until Tuesday

morning. Favre's arrival in training camp could cause a major

disruption to the team, although he would not likely begin

practicing with the Packers right away.

McCarthy has said the Packers had a plan in place should Favre

report to camp. He first would have to pass a physical exam and a

conditioning test, then would likely be limited to individual


Goodell told the NFL Network on Saturday that he thinks the

situation has lingered long enough.

"I think we have to force it," Goodell said. "I think it's

come to the point where there need to be some decisions made on

behalf of the Packers, on behalf of Brett, on behalf of all the