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NFL notes: Brett Favre rejects return to pro football

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre said he won’t return to the NFL.

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Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre said he won’t return to the NFL.

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

Favre, who turned 44 two weeks ago, told Washington sports station WSPZ-AM Thursday he doesn’t feel physically able to compete and expressed fear that he has been affected by concussions.

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‘‘It’s flattering, but you know there’s no way I'm going to do that,’’ said Favre, who last played in the NFL when he started 13 games for the Vikings in 2010.

Fisher changed the subject after practice, then said ‘‘Nice try’’ when asked whether Favre could be ready to play. Bradford is out for the season with a knee injury.

Kellen Clemens will make his 13th career start Monday night against the Seahawks. The Rams have also signed Brady Quinn and Austin Davis.

Peyton Manning at practice

Peyton Manning returned to practice after the Broncos held him out a day earlier because of a minor ankle injury.

Joining Manning on the practice field was right tackle Orlando Franklin, who missed last week’s game with a sprained left ankle.

The Broncos expect middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard to play against the Redskins Sunday. Woodyard went out with a shoulder stinger in the first half against the Cowboys this month, and in the 10 quarters since, the Broncos have surrendered a whopping 86 points.

Michael Vick nears starting

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

‘‘Gotta get out here and run,’’ Vick said Thursday. ‘‘Tomorrow’s not a walk-through day for me.’’

Nick Foles quarterbacked the Eagles (3-4) in Vick’s absence, but he suffered a concussion last Sunday, when he threw for just 80 yards on 11-for-29 passing in a 17-3 loss to Dallas.

Adrian Peterson injured

Adrian Peterson has been dealing with a right hamstring injury for four or five weeks, ESPN.com reported. The injury started with a bruise, not a pulled muscle, and the Vikings running back said he isn’t worried about missing any time.

Meanwhile, Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman has cleared part of the NFL’s concussion protocol, and could practice Friday, but he will not play against the Packers on Sunday, coach Leslie Frazier told ESPN.com. Christian Ponder gets his starting job back a month after he lost it due to a rib injury.

ACLU complains

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota has requested that operators of the Metrodome and media outlets avoid using the Redskins name and logo when Washington plays the Vikings in a nationally televised game Nov. 7. Executive director Chuck Samuelson called the Redskins name offensive and hurtful to Native Americans, some of whom have made similar requests.

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chief Michele Kelm-Helgen says the agency is meeting with people raising concerns and consulting attorneys. But she says its power is limited during NFL events.

London series set

The NFL will hold three games at Wembley Stadium in 2014, with dates to be determined. The lineup: Cowboys vs. Jaguars, Lions vs. Falcons, and Dolphins vs. Raiders . . . Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes did not practice while recovering from a hamstring injury, and could miss the team’s game against the Bengals. Holmes said it could be a game-time decision . . . A detective says the suspect accused of killing NFL safety Sean Taylor in 2007 freely admitted breaking into the Redskins star’s home, kicking down the bedroom door, and shooting Taylor. Detective Juan Segovia testified in 23-year-old Eric Rivera Jr.’s murder trial in Miami . . . The venom toward Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano has reached a new level with a local radio station buying an electronic billboard calling for the coach’s ouster, ESPN.com reported. The billboard in north Tampa carries the message “Fire Schiano” and the station’s logo with flames in the background.

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