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NFL Roundup: Favre says no to Rams

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Brett Favre is two weeks removed from his 44th birthday and said this month during an appearance on an NFL pregame show that he was not considering ending his three-year old retirement.

That wasn't enough to keep his name out of discussions by St. Louis Rams decision-makers this week as the team plotted to replace injured starter Sam Bradford.

"It's flattering," Favre told SportsTalk 570 in Washington on Thursday. "But there's no way in hell I'm going to do that."

The Rams signed veteran Brady Quinn and Austin Davis this week. Bradford was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. He was injured late in the loss to Carolina in Week 7.

---Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was released from a hospital and returned to his Green Bay home, ESPN reported Thursday.

Finley was hospitalized, initially in intensive care, since Sunday after sustaining a spinal contusion in his neck. The injury caused temporary numbness in his extremities after taking a hit during the Packers' 31-13 win over the Cleveland Browns.

He may follow up by seeing additional doctors as has shared images of his MRIs, CT scans and other tests with other neurosurgeons and spinal injury specialists. Coach Mike McCarthy said no decision will be made about Finley's possible return until all the medical reports are complete.

---New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday because of a left foot injury he sustained Oct. 13 against the New England Patriots.

The Saints are coming off a bye. They face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. It is not known if Graham will be able to play.

"He's day to day," coach Sean Payton told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "(Friday) will be an important day. We'll just kind of go by that."

---After sitting out practice one day to deal with a minor ankle injury, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning returned Thursday.

Manning was one of eight players who sat out Wednesday's practice. Cornerback Champ Bailey and guard Chris Kuper were the only players who were out Thursday.

Manning got numerous reps during the portion of practice the media viewed -- according to the Denver Post -- which settled any anxiety about the injury he sustained during Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Coach John Fox said that Manning's ankle looked "fine" in preparations for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

---The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope that injured running back Doug Martin will be ready to play by Nov. 11 when the Bucs play the visiting Miami Dolphins, according to NFL.com.

Martin sustained a torn labrum during Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. He has already been ruled out of Thursday night's game against the visiting Carolina Panthers.

After a bye, Tampa Bay does not play again until Nov. 3 at the Seattle Seahawks. The team wants to use the next two weeks to evaluate Martin and determine if he will be shut down for the season or not. Martin is using the time to strengthen the shoulder.

For the time being, six-round draft pick Mike James is expected to be the primary ball carrier.

---Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said Thursday he will not miss any games, despite playing with a hamstring injury for the past month.

Peterson said the injury started out as a bruise, not a pulled muscle. He was limited to 13 carries for 28 yards in the Vikings' last game, a 23-7 loss to the New York Giants on Monday night.

Prior to that, he had just 10 rushes in a loss to the Carolina Panthers.

---New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan was fined $10,000 for grabbing his crotch while crossing the goal line in Sunday's loss to the New York Jets.

Ryan was crossing the goal line after the 79-yard interception return. He jumped into the air with his back to end zone and made the gesture with his left hand while landing on his back.

"First off, I just want to apologize to all the fans and all the viewers that witnessed that," said Ryan, a rookie playing in place of Aqib Talib. "I own up to it 100 percent. It's not acceptable. It's not acceptable for me and this team. And I want to put it behind me and I want to move on and focus on Miami. Just let people know it won't happen again and that's not who I am."

---The 2014 NFL International Series in London will include America's Team.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are scheduled to host the Dallas Cowboys, in one three games the league announced will be played at Wembley Stadium next season. There were two games, including Sunday's meeting between the Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers, in London in 2013.

The Atlanta Falcons will host the Detroit Lions and the Oakland Raiders will host the Miami Dolphins in the other two 2014 games.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the schedule Thursday -- minus confirmed dates dependent upon the full season schedule release -- at a luncheon with journalists in London.
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