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Rams coach mum on team contacting Favre

Favre

– Brett Favre dismissed the possibility of returning to the NFL with St. Louis, and Rams coach Jeff Fisher declined to address reports he tried to lure the quarterback out of retirement to replace the injured Sam Bradford.

Favre told WSPZ he doesn’t feel physically able to compete and expressed fear that he has been affected by concussions.

“It’s flattering, but you know there’s no way I’m going to do that,” Favre told Washington sports station WSPZ-AM on Thursday.

Fisher changed the subject after practice, then said “Nice try” when asked whether the 44-year-old Favre could be ready to play. Bradford is out for the season with a knee injury.

Kellen Clemens, the backup the past two seasons, makes his 13th career start Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams also signed Brady Quinn and Austin Davis.

Manning practices

Fantasy football owners and Denver fans can rest easy: Peyton Manning is back.

Manning returned to practice after the Broncos held him out Wednesday because of a minor ankle injury he suffered in Denver’s loss at Indianapolis on Sunday.

It was his first skipped practice since joining the Broncos 19 months ago, the result of the pounding he took in his homecoming at Indianapolis last weekend along with the coaches’ desire to give him a day’s rest as the midpoint of the season approaches.

“Yeah, I thought he looked fine,” coach John Fox said after Thursday’s practice.

“He was good, he was his normal self,” offensive coordinator Adam Gase concurred.

Stadium passes test

The host committee for February’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium says a dry run to test the power supply was successful.

Committee head Al Kelly said the test was conducted recently on a Saturday and Sunday when the New York Jets and Giants were on the road.

All buildings in New Jersey’s Meadowlands sports complex in East Rutherford were powered up at the same time. The process simulated the load that will be created when the game is played at MetLife Stadium.

Around the league

Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly won’t admit it, but it’s appearing more and more likely that Michael Vick will start Sunday against the New York Giants. Vick practiced successfully for a third straight day and is set to undergo his toughest physical challenge of the week today when he’ll test out his hamstring for the first time since he injured it Oct. 6. …

New England rookie cornerback Logan Ryan says he has been fined by the NFL for grabbing at his groin at the end of an interception return against the New York Jets. …

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes did not participate in practice while recovering from a hamstring injury, and could miss the team’s game against Cincinnati, the fourth straight he’d miss. …

Seattle coach Pete Carroll won’t say when wide receiver Percy Harvin will make his Seahawks debut. Harvin returned to practice this week. Carroll reiterated that Harvin’s return remains a day-to-day evaluation.

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