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Favre and Childress get back on same page

Associated Press / December 24, 2009

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Brad Childress and Brett Favre talked twice this week about moving forward from their animated disagreement on the Minnesota sideline last Sunday night over the coach’s suggestion his grizzled quarterback should come out of the game.

Conflict over?

That’s what they insisted yesterday, blaming the high-profile nature of national television and one of the most famous players in football history for what they declared a blown-out-of proportion issue.

“I think it’s all resolved, first of all,’’ Favre said, adding: “The fact that we’ve lost two of the last three - the frustration is going to show. It should.’’

The Vikings (11-3) are trying to get back on track before the playoffs, and Favre has thrown only three touchdowns with four interceptions this month.

“I feel like I have a good relationship with him,’’ Childress said. “I don’t think anything has really changed.’’

ESPN, citing unnamed sources, said Childress and Favre have clashed over in-game authority for calling plays. “I think the team as well as the coaching staff knows where I stand and what I stand for, as I do them,’’ Favre said. “We’re trying to do this thing together.’’

No go for Polamalu
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu didn’t practice because of his injured left knee ligament and doesn’t expect to play Sunday against Baltimore. Polamalu said he doesn’t anticipate practicing this week. Asked if he needs a week of practice before playing again, he said, “I would think so.’’ The five-time Pro Bowl safety has missed nine full games and most of two others . . . Eagles running back Brian Westbrook, recovering from two concussions, was cleared to return and is expected to play Sunday against the Broncos. Coach Andy Reid said Westbrook did “perfect’’ on his testing and is “ready to roll’’ for the NFC East-leading Eagles (10-4).

Frye gets the call
Raiders quarterback Charlie Frye was cleared to play after sustaining a concussion against Denver last weekend and will start Sunday’s game against his former team, the Browns. Frye was injured in the fourth quarter of the Raiders’ 20-19 win . . . An ankle injury prevented Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick from practicing, opening the possibility for third-stringer Brian Brohm to make his NFL debut at Atlanta. Also, Bills rookie safety Jairus Byrd will require surgery to repair a groin injury, putting an end to his season . . . The Cardinals placed starting left tackle Mike Gandy on injured reserve after he underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia . . . Michael Vick, the once-disgraced star quarterback who returned to the league after spending 18 months in a federal prison for his role in a dogfighting ring, won the Ed Block Courage Award, voted on by his Eagles teammates.

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