Nothing going Favre's way

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre walks off the field after an incomplete pass against the Jets in...

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre walks off the field after an incomplete pass against the Jets in East Rutherford, New Jersey on October 11, 2010. (MIKE SEGAR/Reuters)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:09 AM ET

TORONTO - Brett Favre is having trouble with all kinds of body parts.

His ankle is a mess, he has tendinitis in his shoulder, he has sporadic brain cramps resulting in interceptions, and this weekend the NFL determined it would get to the bottom of his problems.

Or, depending on how you view these issues, the problem with his bottom.

The league is looking at video evidence to determine if Favre violated its personal conduct policy when he allegedly sent several voice mails and graphic photos — said to be of Favre — to Jenn Sterger, who worked for the New York Jets while Favre was with the team.

The website, Deadspin, posted the story and a video that contained the voicemails and photos last week. Should the league find he did send the messages to Sterger’s cell phone, Favre could be fined or suspended.

Favre has refused to comment, although he did apologize to his Minnesota team-mates before their 29-20 loss to the Jets on Monday.

“Brett Favre actually broke down in tears and was very emotional, saying, ‘I’m sorry to have been a distraction,’ ” kicker Ryan Longwell, a long-time friend of Favre’s, told ESPN.

Rumors of the latest bit of NFL naughtiness have been circulating since training camp and there had even been speculation it was one of the reasons Favre considered not coming back to play. He may be wondering if he should have stayed home.

Aside from these allegations, he has a body now wracked by injuries and when he has played, Favre has five touchdown passes and seven interceptions through four games. His passer rating of 67.0 is lower than any full-season rating in his 20-year career.

There is even rumbling that maybe it’s time to give backup Tarvaris Jackson a chance — a thought that just several weeks ago would have been considered heresy.

The investigation was not triggered by complaints from Sterger but yesterday her agent said she would co-operate with the NFL.

It does appear as though Favre may have been flirting with more than a Super Bowl berth the last few years. That being the case, back at the Favre homestead, the Missus Favre can’t be well pleased. Sterger, evidently, wasn’t all that impressed, either reportedly having declined the phone invitations to, uhhmm — how do we put this delicately — get in touch.

Favre stepped to the podium after an interception sealed the Vikings’ loss Monday to the Jets and spent 20 minutes evading questions. He was asked several times to comment on the investigation that he sent the racy messages and lewd photos in 2008. Each time he evaded the questions.

Asked whether the allegations have been an embarrassment, Favre said: “I am embarrassed about this football game. I thought we gave a great effort.”

Asked to comment on the investigation, he said: “I said what I had to say. I’m disappointed we lost this football game.”

Neither coach Brad Childress nor Favre would discuss what the quarterback said to his teammates, but both confirmed he addressed the team. “That’s between me and my teammates, apparently not all of them,” Favre said, evidently most displeased at Longwell’s disclosure of tears regret.

Asked if the allegations against him are true or false, Favre said: “If you want to talk about what happened in the football game tonight, I’d love to.”

Sometimes what a guy doesn’t say is more interesting — not to mention more revealing — than what he does say.

The end game

When Clinton Portis’ groin injury was officially announced, the Washington Redskins said they hoped he would be back within a month to six weeks. Now it looks like he may have played his last game with Washington. “I have no doubt I’ll recover from this injury,” Portis told Comcast Sportsnet on Monday. “Hopefully it’s in a Redskins uniform.” The statement seems to indicate Portis — who won’t be back in Washington next season — has some doubt he’ll be back this year.

The Revis factor

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is unsure if he will play this week against the Broncos. Revis looked tentative shadowing Percy Harvin on Monday and told the New York Daily News his hamstring continues to be “very sore and very swollen.” Revis was beaten on a 34-yard touchdown pass. “My hamstring was hurting. It started in the first quarter. For me, it was just fighting through it.”

Quick hits

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a concussion and might have to sit out Sunday’s game against Miami. The backup QB is Matt Flynn, a third-year player out of LSU who has thrown 17 passes in his career ... The Chargers are close to signing left tackle Marcus McNeill to a five-year extension ... Deion Branch has been traded from the Seattlle Seahawks to the Patriots, who needed someone to replace Randy Moss. The roster spot for Branch when the Patriots put Canadian offensive lineman Nick Kaczur on injured reserve because of a back injury ... Saints have signed former Seahawks running back Julius Jones, making Ladell Betts’ future questionable ... If 49ers QB Alex Smith struggles again in his next game, look for Mike Singletary to go to David Carr. The coach came close to making the switch Sunday.


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