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The wife of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is due to give birth on Oct. 4, the same day the Cardinals play at the St. Louis Rams.

Kolb, who recently took over as the starter with John Skelton out with an ankle injury, does not want to miss the birth of his third daughter.

"I don't want to have to make that decision," Kolb told the Arizona Republic. "I don't make the rules, God does, so we'll see what happens."

Skelton beat out Kolb for the starting quarterback job at the end of the preseason but Kolb has led the Cardinals to two wins to start the season. Skelton was injured during the Cardinals' season opener. Kolb relieved him and rallied Arizona to a 20-16 victory over Seattle.

---Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre said that he supports the overturned suspension of Jonathan Vilma in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal and that he is open to a return to Lambeau Field.

Favre does not believe there was a bounty on him or that there was enough evidence to prove that there was such a program.

"In all honesty, I'm pretty indifferent," Favre told ESPN on Friday. "But I'd have to say when they were allowed to play, I thought that was the right move, because I don't see enough evidence. I don't think 'some guy said that this went on' is enough evidence. I don't know Jonathan all that well. I think he's a great player. Seems like a great leader. Seems like the guys who have played with him have a lot of respect for him and Scott Fujita. The other guys I really don't know.

"I felt like that's the right thing to do. Otherwise, I think it's just hearsay."

Vilma was one of four players suspended, along with Fujita, Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove. Vilma had been suspended for the entire season. A three-man arbitration panel overturned the suspensions earlier this month.

In a separate interview with ESPN, Favre said he is open to a reunion with the Packers. The breakup between Favre and the team after the 2007 season was a bitter one.

"You look at Lambeau Field and where that place has gone and how it's evolved, I can't help but feel a sense of being a part of that," he said. "And so, even though it's a shame the way things went down between I and the Packers, as time goes by, you just kind of, it's kind of like a grudge, you just kind of get over it."

Favre believes he will eventually return to Lambeau Field to have his No. 4 retired by the Packers.

"I know that day (will come)," he said. "How that will unfold, I have no idea when that will happen. I don't think their side is thinking about it. They're trying to figure out how to get back to the Super Bowl, and really I've got my plate full. I think that's good for both sides, not that we don't need to shake hands and move on. I think in some ways that has happened, but you know, I do see the day, it's going to happen. When? I have no idea."

---Former Los Angeles Raiders running back Marcus Allen will light the ceremonial flame in honor of late team owner Al Davis before Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Comcast Sports Net Bay Area reported Friday.

Allen is appearing at the ceremony at the request of Raiders owner Mark Davis (Al Davis' son), who took over the team after Al Davis died last year.

Allen spent 11 seasons with the Raiders but had a falling out with Davis in 1992. He was the 10th overall pick in the 1982 draft, rushed for 190 yards with two touchdowns in Super Bowl XVIII victory and the league's MVP in 1985.

The reasons for the fallout are still not known.

"What do you think about a guy that has attempted to ruin your career?" Allen said in 1992. "He told me he was going to get me. We've had conversations. I don't know for what reason, but he told me he was going to get me."

Allen and Davis did not reconcile, at least publicly, before Davis died.

---The New York Jets released linebacker Bryan Thomas and signed cornerback Donnie Fletcher from the practice squad, the team announced Saturday.

Thomas was a first-round pick of the Jets in 2002. He has 439 tackles, 31 sacks, seven forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in his career. He ranks second in team history with 11 playoff appearances. His best season was in 2006 when he had a career-best 8.5 sacks and 77 tackles.

Fletcher signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in May and was named to the practice squad on Sept. 1.

---Arizona Cardinals practice squad wide receiver Gerell Robinson was suspended four games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances, the Arizona Republic reported Saturday.

Robinson has been on Arizona's practice squad since he was waived by the Denver Broncos at the end of the preseason.

Robinson was not immediately available for comment. He recently fired his agent.

Robinson's suspension will not count as a transaction against the practice squad, according to league rules.

---New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller and fullback John Conner have been ruled out for Sunday's game at the Miami Dolphins, the New York Daily News reported Saturday.

Keller has a hamstring injury while Conner is nursing a knee injury.

---The Dallas Cowboys released cornerback Mario Butler and signed linebacker Orie Lemon from the practice squad, ESPN Dallas reported Saturday.

Lemon will get time on special teams if he plays Sunday against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

---Cornerback Greg Gatson was signed by the Chargers off their practice squad, and the team released veteran offensive lineman Reggie Wells.

The 5-11, 170-pound Gatson joined the active roster prior to last week's game as well. He was signed in May as an undrafted rookie from Arkansas.

---Wide receiver Greg Jennings is listed as questionable for the Packers' Monday night game at Seattle with the groin injury he suffered in the season opener.

Also questionable for the Packers is tight end Tom Crabtree (shoulder), safety Sean Richardson (hamstring), running back James Starks (toe) and defensive end C.J. Wilson (groin).

Linebacker Jamari Lattimore (ankle) is out and cornerback Davon House (shoulder) is questionable.

For the Seahawks, cornerback Byron Maxwell (hamtstring) has been ruled out while wide receiver Doug Baldwin (shoulder) is questionable.
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