Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Zetterberg earn All- starting spots As expected

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Menu NEW YORK NBA referees say their missed foul on Oklahoma City’s Dion Waiters as he inbounded the ball was a play they had never seen before. The referees union also said Tuesday on Twitter that they would incorporate the play into their training moving forward. The play began a wild final sequence the Thunder’s 98 victory over San on Monday Game 2 of the Conference semifinals. Waiters elbowed the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili to create space to throw the inbounds pass, which the Spurs stole to start a fast break. San couldn’t score, leaving Chris Terry Jersey the series tied at 1. Referee Ken Mauer, the crew chief, said after the game that upon seeing a review of the play, there should have been offensive foul on Waiters. Game 3 is Friday Oklahoma City.

GAME NOTES The Red enter the toughest stretch of their schedule with the best special teams the NHL. Detroit’s power-play is No. 3 the NHL with 23-percent success rate, trailing only the Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Blues. The Red lead the NHL with 36 power-play goals. This is the same power play that was criticized heavily at the beginning of the, when it got off a 2-for-30 start and was dead last the NHL at one point. The Red ‘ penalty killers have been among the best the NHL all. They were No. 1 early the campaign and currently sit No. 2 with 88-percent success rate. Only the Chicago Blackhawks have been better at killing penalties. The Red have allowed 16 power-play goals 38. That’s average of.42 per game. Only Chicago and Carolina have allowed fewer power-play goals. • Vancouver waived tough guy Sestito Friday. Sestito has played three Eddie Lack Jersey and less than 19 minutes this. He had one assist and seven penalty minutes. Last, the 6-foot-5-pound left winger had five goals, four assists and a league-leading 213 PIM 77. If Sestito clears waivers, he’ll be assigned to Utica of the AHL. • In their only other meeting this, the Red beat Vancouver 5 Nov. 30 at Joe Arena….. The Red are their last 16 vs. the Canucks…. Vancouver is at home. The Red are on the road…. The Canucks are their last 10. Detroit is. • Gustav Nyquist’s eight power-play goals are tied for third the NHL…. Tomas Tatar is tied for fifth the NHL with five game-winning goals…. ‘s seven overtime shootout losses are tied for the NHL lead…. Vancouver goalie Ryan, older brother of Red forward Drew, is his last five and has allowed nine goals that span • Red captain Henrik Zetterberg has had at least one point five of the last six. He’s got four goals and three assists that span…. Pavel Datsyuk is riding a five-game point streak. He has one goal and four assists that stretch…. Nyquist has a goal and five assists his last four. • Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Radim Vrbata, who play on Vancouver’s top line and rank team scoring, all have at least one point four of the last five. Daniel Sedin, who leads the Canucks with 32 points, has one goal and five assists that span. Twin brother Henrik has five assists and Vrbata has three goals and two assists. They were blanked Sunday a 2 loss to Anaheim.

Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Zetterberg earn All- starting spots As expected, the have three starters on the Conference squad for the Jan. 27 All- Game Atlanta, as defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk were voted by fans. It’s a good honor for them,” said coach Babcock, who’ll be coaching the team. They’re real good players and it’s a special honor and they’ve earned it. It looks good on them.” Lidstrom led all players with 477 votes and be making his eighth consecutive start and his 10th All- appearance overall. It’s a tremendous honor, to get the recognition from fans around the league, and around the world, actually,” Lidstrom said. Zetterberg led forwards with 326 votes and be making his first appearance. He was named as a reserve last but was forced to withdraw because of a wrist injury. Datsyuk, second among West forwards with 303 votes, be making his first start and his second All- appearance. The reserves be announced on Thursday and the list could include one or two more, goaltender Osgood and or defenseman Rafalski. The other starters were Calgary forward Jarome Iginla and defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Vancouver goalie Luongo. The Eastern starters are goaltender Brodeur of New Jersey, defensemen Zdeno and Andrei Markov and forwards Sidney Crosby, Vincent Lecavalier and Alfredsson. this is one more indication that the Detroit Red are one of the best run franchises pro sports. Managment is excelling more than ever with everyone under the salary cap. Ozzie deserves the selection too but just might prefer to keep his vacation to Disneyworld to be with his family.

Justin revealed how despite his outgoing persona he is actually an introvert at heart

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Menu After earning a split the first two on the road, the Detroit Red try to grab a lead the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinals when they host the Nashville Predators today’s Game 3 at Arena. The Red were dealt a 3 regulation loss Nashville to open this series, but responded by taking Friday’s Game 2 by the same score. Detroit now attempt to take today’s pivotal Game 3 on home ice, where the Red posted a stellar during the regular .

Josh Norman, Odell Beckham renew matchup but Redskins must win game

After the season opener, the Washington Redskins explained why they didn’t want to move corner Josh Norman around. They had a good corner on the other side in Bashaud Breeland. They didn’t want to tip their coverage. They didn’t want it to create confusion by others in coverage.

Other times Norman would be in a press alignment with a single high safety, who would then rotate to his side after the snap.

Using Norman’s strengths

“Tony’s situation, when he’s back, will be dictated by Tony’s ability to really function,” Jones said after the Cowboys 27-23 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. “We would have been a better team last week with Romo.”

When healthy, Romo is one of the top 10-12 quarterbacks in league by any standard employed. In 2014, he threw 34 touchdown passes and nine interceptions, while leading the league in yards per attempt.

Prescott, in two games, has played 139 snaps, so stop the drama. Yes, Prescott has played well, completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 519 yards with no interceptions (though no touchdowns, either). He’s playing confidently, and his teammates believe he’s good enough to help them win while Romo heals. His work ethic and steady demeanor are among the reasons why his teammates have rallied around him.

That’s what it turned out to be, and depending on the severity of the tear, Peterson might be able to return within a matter of weeks. He might even be able to avoid surgery on his right knee. But as the running back evaluates his options with team doctors and athletic trainers, the Vikings will have a handful of possibilities to contemplate.

But that procedure wouldn’t present as complete a recovery as a meniscus repair, which would put Peterson in better position to prolong his career for several more seasons. If Peterson chooses to have such an operation, he’d likely be looking at a recovery of three or four months, meaning he’d miss most of the regular season, along with his chance to put up solid numbers in his age-31 season.

The Vikings owe Peterson a $6 million roster bonus on the third day of the 2017 league year, and while the structure of that contract suggests it will get reworked, it seems even more likely to happen if Peterson misses most of the season. Over the long term, though, a more extensive surgery could be advantageous.

Josh Norman says he respects Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown

ASHBURN, Va. — It’s not a war of words Washington Redskins corner Josh Norman wants to get into with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s a jersey swap.

Not that it’ll happen. Two years ago, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin began prohibiting the team’s players from engaging in them. But the overall point from Norman was simple. He has a healthy respect for two of the players he’ll face Monday night: quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and receiver Antonio Brown.

“He can make all the throws,” Norman said. “Shoot, his name speaks for itself: Big Ben. You can’t take him down. He’s good with his feet. That’s the thing people don’t realize and understand, that he can create things on the go, and he gets back there and he doesn’t get flustered.”

Earlier in the day, Roethlisberger said he didn’t want to get lulled into any sort of verbal exchange.

The primary concern is guard Kyle Long’s (shoulder) health, but he practiced on Monday and Wednesday and looks on track to play against the Texans. Of course, the great unknown is how Long’s shoulder reacts when faced with live contact. Cornerback Tracy Porter passed the NFL’s concussion protocol and pronounced himself good to go for Week 1, but Kyle Fuller’s status is more difficult to predict. Fuller is doing some work at practice, but is only a couple weeks removed from arthroscopic knee surgery. — Jeff Dickerson

A minor interruption, especially when you compare it to, say, losing your starting quarterback eight days before the start of the season.

Pederson and the Philadelphia Eagles are doing their best to work through that as they prepare for Sunday’s opener against the Cleveland Browns. The biggest task is getting rookie quarterback Carson Wentz up to speed. There’s a lot of catching up to do, especially considering Wentz missed the bulk of the preseason because of a pair of broken ribs.

“I’m walking in at 5:45 this morning and [Wentz] is already in the film room,” said Pederson. “That’s just the type of person, that’s just the type of quarterback we have … . The way he led the huddle on Monday at practice and just what he’s done the last couple days, just getting himself ready to go just shows you the type of leader and the type of person he is.”

Pederson was asked if he will scale back the game plan to make Wentz’s transition a little easier.

Colin Kaepernick gets ripped by ex-49ers teammate over anthem protest

Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest the national anthem on Friday has become a lightning rod of controversy around the NFL over the past two days.

The hope, though, is that he can help the team this season, channeling the disruptive play that helped the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder notch 26 sacks, 24 quarterback hurries, 50.5 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles over 41 games with the Buckeyes.

Bosa’s holdout triggered bad blood from both sides while bubbling into a nasty public-relations mess for the Chargers. With their first-round prize finally on the roster, it’s time for everyone to bury the hatchet and prepare the newbie pass-rusher for the season ahead.

In return for Lee and a Browns 2017 seventh-round pick, the Panthers shipped a 2018 fourth-round selection and 2014 undrafted punter Kasey Redfern to Cleveland.

Panthers punter Mike Scifres exited Friday’s preseason tilt with the New England Patriots with a knee injury after taking a shot to the leg.

It’s a depth signing for the ‘Skins, who plan to roll out a D-line led by Chris Baker, Kedric Golston and Ricky Jean-Francois. It wouldn’t be shocking to see the club dump Jenkins if younger talent becomes available in the oncoming flood of league-wide cuts.

The team’s plan is to try and trade Sanchez, but if that doesn’t work, the Broncos will likely cut him sometime before Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, according to PFT. Every team in the NFL has to trim their roster down from 90 to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon.

Sanchez became expendable on Monday after the Broncos named Trevor Siemian as their starting quarterback. Paxton Lynch will serve as Siemian’s backup, which left Sanchez as the odd man out.

It’s been pretty clear for the past week that the Broncos were going to get rid of Sanchez. The quarterback didn’t play a single snap against the Rams on Saturday, which is notable because it was Week 3 of the preseason and starters genuinely play at least a half during Week 3.

Sanchez fell out of favor in Denver after a rough outing against the 49ers in Week 2 of the preseason. The low point of Sanchez’s short Broncos career came late in the first half when he fumbled two times in a 45-second span.

“I just squandered a great opportunity to separate myself and I put the team in a bad situation,” Sanchez said after Denver’s 31-24 loss to San Francisco. “There’s no excuse for that, poor, poor quarterback play.”

Although the Broncos are looking to trade Sanchez, that’s going to be almost impossible. For most teams, there would be no use in making the Broncos a trade offer for Sanchez if they think he’s going to be released, because in that case, they could sign him without giving up any compensation after he’s cut.

On the other hand, the Broncos could possibly find a trading partner if a desperate team comes calling. For instance, if the Cowboys decided they really, really wanted a veteran backup quarterback while Tony Romo’s out.

Tony Romo lasts just one series vs. Seahawks, but Ezekiel Elliott has encouraging debut

SEATTLE — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo could enter the regular season with the fewest preseason snaps he has had since he became the starter.

After he injured his back on the third play of Thursday’s 27-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Romo’s preseason will consist of just 16 snaps if he does not play in the Sept. 1 preseason finale against the Houston Texans. Romo, 36, has not played in a preseason finale since he became the full-time starter in 2007.

Romo played 13 snaps in the Cowboys’ second preseason game Aug. 19 against the Miami Dolphins. In three drives, he has completed five of six passes for 60 yards.

Since undergoing offseason back surgery in 2013, the Cowboys have been mindful of Romo’s preseason work. In 2013, he played in 69 preseason snaps in three games. In 2014, he played in 50 snaps in two games. Last season, he played in 24 in two games.

The Cowboys rely heavily on Romo. As he goes, they go. They have gone 15-4 with him as the starter the past two seasons and 1-12 without him. He missed 12 games last season because of a twice-broken left collarbone.

Good to see them: Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith made his preseason debut after missing the first two games because of a stinger. Chaz Green took over at left tackle in the second quarter, but Smith wanted to get some preseason snaps under his belt. Defensive end Benson Mayowa and defensive tackle Maliek Collins opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list, but they were able to start against the Seahawks. It was the third different starting defensive line in three games. Linebacker Justin Durant also made his preseason debut after the Cowboys worked the veteran into condition after signing him before training camp.

Coach Ben McAdoo even said as recently as last week that he hadn’t been able to make a fair evaluation on Cruz. The jury was still out after almost two full seasons on the sideline and a slow start to training camp.

Even when Cruz did participate in practice early this summer, his snaps were often limited. He was working primarily with the second and third teams and being brought along slowly.

The art of the slide has become vital to Robert Griffin III

BEREA, Ohio — At the end of an innocuous play in one of the many offseason practices at the Cleveland Browns facility, Robert Griffin III jumped from the ground and started walking with authority.

“Who says he can’t slide?” Griffin screamed to no one on particular.

Washington coach Jay Gruden emphasized the need to slide. Teammates lamented when he didn’t. And Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones even posted on Twitter that he would teach Griffin how.

“I’ve learned my lesson from my mistakes in the past,” Griffin said.

Like everything with Griffin, the test will come in the regular season when the game is faster and the defenses more complex.

Not only will have he have to stand in the pocket, read the defense and throw — even Jackson admitted teams will try to make him a pocket passer because they don’t believe he can do it — but he will have to react to the rush.

Jackson does not want Griffin to forgo running. He knows Griffin’s ability can bring something to the offense. He just wants Griffin to be smart when he does run.

Naturally, there will be times when Griffin may have to try for the extra yard, perhaps if it’s late in the game or if a key first down is needed.

But there will also be times when he’ll have to sacrifice a few yards to save his health — even if it means the Browns have to punt on the next down.

“You have to be out there playing, not standing next to me,” Jackson said. “I think he’s gotten that message.”

Not trying to be Tom Brady before games. Garoppolo said he’s learned things from Brady about how to approach things before a game, calling Brady a tremendous quarterback while lauding his longevity. But Garoppolo said the key is to not try to be someone else. “Each quarterback kind of has a different style of how they lead, how they approach everything, and me and Tom are real similar in ways but different in ways, too,” Garoppolo said. “It’s one of those things; you have to make it your own. You don’t want to come in and be phony and be someone you’re not.”

Getting into regular-season routine. With the Patriots traveling to face the Carolina Panthers on Friday for the team’s third preseason game, Garoppolo said this week will have more of a regular-season feel. “You try to get into your routine and everything like that,” he said. “Third preseason game, that’s about as close as you’ll get to a regular-season game, so that’s what we’re trying to do.”

A fan of joint practices. The Patriots are one of 15 NFL teams to hold joint practices this year, and Garoppolo hopes they continue into the future. “I love the joint practices, personally,” he said. “You’re with [teammates] 14-15 hours a day, so after a while it’s refreshing to get a new face in there, new tendencies. The competitiveness obviously comes out; against the Bears in practice that was pretty evident.”

First hit always a good starting point. Garoppolo touched on the difference between the preseason opener and Week 2 and how the first game is a breaking-in process of sorts. “First preseason game, you always want to get the kinks out and everything,” he said. “Honestly, I haven’t been hit in over a year, so it’s always good to get that first one out of the way. Once you start rolling, it’s just football after a little while.”

Winning — in any fashion — will have to do for Team USA

“Obviously everybody wants us to win by a lot of points, but it’s not how it’s gonna go this time,” Team USA star forward Kevin Durant conceded Sunday after Tony Parker-less France refused to cave and fell just shy of a momentous upset in a 100-97 escape for the Yanks in these teams’ Group A finale.

“We’ve gotta be prepared for a grind-out game,” Durant continued. “I think we showed the last three games we can grind it out.”

Give the Americans that much. They are finding ways to prevail even though defensive struggles continue to plague a group that legitimately believed as recently as five days ago that this was a shutdown outfit that would snuff out anyone and everyone.

“They’ve still got a team full of All-Stars,” France center Rudy Gobert said. “Today they didn’t play very good and still won. So they’re still the favorite.”

Added French veteran Boris Diaw, Gobert’s new teammate with the Utah Jazz: “They haven’t been dominating, but they haven’t lost either. They’re still unbeaten, so we can’t say that they’re struggling.”

Except that we most certainly can.

The French entered Sunday’s play as the second-rated defensive team in the tournament. They certainly haven’t been flowing at the other end like Australia or Serbia, yet managed to make a run at triple digits despite the fact that Parker was forced to watch the whole game from the bench in a white team hoody, held out as a precaution after a toe bruise he suffered Friday night against Venezuela.

Kyrie Irving (12 assists, zero turnovers) was clearly more intent on getting teammates involved Sunday — especially after Durant mustered just four field-goal attempts Friday night against Serbia — while Klay Thompson busted out of his hard-to-believe shooting slump in a vintage Klay way. But we’ve seen precious little progress from the Americans over these past three games, starting with the Australia scare.

That’s the worry.

It’s probably unreasonable to expect them function like a true team after essentially a month together. Comparing these Yanks to this generation of French players — who’ve largely been a unit for six years, as wily coach Vincent Collet pointed out — is harsher still.

Yet it seems more than fair to have expected Team USA in one of these last two games, against either Serbia or France sans Parker, to look more like a unit than it has.

Or to expect the Americans to register more than the whopping two blocked shots they’ve managed in the past two games.

“This isn’t a tournament that we’re going to just dominate,” Team USA swingman Paul George said. “There’s talent around this world and they’re showcasing it. For us, it’s just figuring out how we’re going to win. We’re having spurts of dominating, but we’re just not finding ways to put a full 40 minutes together.”

Krzyzewski lamented what he described as a fourth-quarter letdown when the Americans “felt like we had the game won.” George spoke of squandering “that moment when we looked like we were gonna steamroll ’em.”

Down 16 late in the third quarter, playing “loose” and “free” to use Krzyzewski’s words and undoubtedly inspired by the troubles Australia and Serbia caused the heavy favorites, France uncorked a rally that clinched yet another uncomfortable postgame round of what’s-wrong probing from the assembled media before the medal round.

Team USA won’t know who it faces in Wednesday’s quarterfinals until after Monday’s final round of games in Group B, but France looms a potential semifinal opponent.

With Parker surely back at the controls.

And let’s not even start with the stuff about all the various studs back home who, for whatever reason, either couldn’t be here or chose not to. There certainly are several top American stars who aren’t here, but it should be an official IOC rule: No one who plays, coaches or roots for Team USA is ever allowed to complain about what the roster might be missing.

“At the end of the day, no one will ask you anything else except if you won [gold],” Krzyzewski said. “While you’re approaching that winning the whole thing, you’re asked a whole bunch of other things.

“I think we’re getting getting better offensively and we have to get better defensively. Just a succinct comment in that regard.”

Translation: Coach K essentially just confirmed that this tournament has already been too tough to worry one whit about style points.

One night doesn’t matter in the big picture, and there wasn’t much to take from Goff’s performance. But Prescott opened some eyes in Dallas. Maybe by the end of the preseason the Cowboys will feel good about having a rookie as Romo’s main backup.

Goff didn’t start for the Rams. That’s still Case Keenum’s job. Goff relieved him in the second quarter and had a rough start. His first pass was late over the middle and batted away. On his second dropback, he got blasted by the blitz and the ball popped up in the air and was intercepted.

He completed his first NFL pass, over the middle to fellow rookie, tight end Tyler Higbee. Then he hit Higbee on a strong throw for a first down on third-and-3. Goff had rookie receiver Pharoh Cooper over the middle for a nice gain late in the first half, but Cooper dropped it when he was hit.

It’s almost impossible to be thinner at backup quarterback than the Seattle Seahawks.

Their No. 2 quarterback, Trevone Boykin, is an undrafted rookie. Their No. 3 quarterback, Jake Heaps, was undrafted in 2015, cut after one preseason incompletion last year with the New York Jets. He spent the rest of his fall playing in a semi-pro league.

Favre, Dungy highlight Hall of Fame induction, but others also shined

With chants of “Go, Pack, Go” raining down before he took the stage for his speech, Favre had to feel like he was at Lambeau Field. The stands were full of Green Bay Packers fans, and Favre delivered a vintage No. 4 performance — long, mostly brilliant and all from the heart.

It centered emotionally around his late father, Irv, who died in 2003 and whom Favre said would have been his presenter had he still been alive. Favre honored his father that week almost 13 years ago by going out and playing a great game in beating the Oakland Raiders. He topped that Saturday night by telling a heartfelt story of the inspiration his father was to him throughout his life.

“I want you to know, Dad, that I spent the rest of my career trying to redeem myself,” Favre said through a trembling voice, several times fighting back tears and needing to pause before continuing. “I hope I succeeded.”

Favre also mixed in his trademark humor, rambled through several great stories and turned in one of the longest, but certainly also one of the most memorable speeches, in Hall history.

Dungy’s former wide receiver, Marvin Harrison, kicked off the ceremony. Introduced by Jim Irsay, the quiet Harrison — who rarely did interviews during his 13-year career — started his speech by joking that he had no plans to “break the record for the shortest speech,” and he kept to his word more than surpassing the 3-minute, 46-second speech of former Pittsburgh Steelers defender and scout Jack Butler.

Harrison’s quarterback, Peyton Manning, predicted the length of his receiver’s speech to be 9:20. Former Colts center Jeff Saturday went with five minutes. Harrison blew them away, clocking in at just over 11 minutes.

And he made more than one funny line. The Philadelphia native thanked Colts fans for being the “best in the NFL,” apologizing to the legion of Packers fans who made the trip for Favre. Harrison added: “In Philadelphia, if you get the coin toss wrong, they want to trade you the first thing Monday morning.”

Harrison had a complex legacy in the NFL, but there was little doubting his greatness as a player — and it turns out he’s a bit funnier than we thought.

St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Orlando Pace was a quiet man, too, and often took a backseat to his more famous “Greatest Show on Turf” teammates — including fellow Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, whom Pace thanked along with the trio of Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, three players Pace said he hoped he could stand alongside as Hall of Famers one day.

DAVIE, Fla., Aug. 8 (UPI) — If you’re looking to add some juice to your fantasy football team this season, don’t skip past Jarvis Landry.

The Miami Dolphins wide receiver has averaged 97 receptions for 987 yards and 4.5 touchdowns in his first two seasons in the NFL. Landry has started 25 of 32 games. Last season he piled up 166 targets and 110 receptions to earn his first Pro Bowl nod.

Look for Landry’s stock to keep ascending.

“I feel myself getting better,” Landry said Monday at Dolphins training camp. “[Receivers] Coach [Shawn] Jefferson and these receivers, they push me everyday. Not only that, but the defensive backs…these guys push me everyday. We compete at a high level and that’s what coach Adam [Gase] wants. In that environment, the level rises.”

Even though teammate Kenny Stills doesn’t play fantasy football, he said he would take Landry as his top wide receiver.

“Jarvis can just do it all,” Stills said. “He gets a ton of targets and what he does with the ball in his hands after the catch is amazing. It’s something I get to watch everyday and I’m looking at in my game.”

“Jarvis can be as good as he wants to be just like everyone else,” Stills said. “He’s a hard worker and I think the sky is the limit for him and I think he knows that. We are pushing each other every day to reach our full potential and we want to see where that takes us.”

While his former LSU teammate and roommate Odell Beckham Jr. ranked No. 1 in UPI’s top 150 fantasy players, Landry is typically seen as a third or fourth round option.

Brett Favre says induction speech will mirror his career

“He kind of poked fun at Green Bay and Minnesota being in the same locker together,” Favre said. “But there’s no doubt how I will be remembered, and that’s as a Packer, as it should be. I wouldn’t trade my 16 years in Green Bay for anything.”

Even the New York Jets got a mention on Friday. Favre played one season for the Jets after the Packers traded him in 2008. A promising start to the season ended in disappointment and injury; Favre struggled through a torn biceps in his throwing arm.

“Well, I threw six touchdowns in one game, and Yippee,” Favre said with a laugh. “But it’s the only time I ever did it. I’ll say, and I’m [no] excuse guy, but before I tore my biceps, I was playing pretty good and we were 9-3, I think, and not hitting on all cylinders, and I thought there was tremendous [upside]. Our last good game was against New England on a Thursday night, and it went downhill from there as my biceps got worse and ultimately ended up in surgery. I would have liked to have seen how it have ended up if I had not had a torn bicep.”

Favre said he’s now at peace with how his career ended and his renewed relationship with the Packers. He said there are no longer any scars with the Packers, who inducted him into their hall of fame and retired his No. 4 last year.

“I feel like they’re 100 percent healed,” he said.

Favre said he doesn’t miss the game, even though he admitted it’s hard to find anything that compares to the competitive drive of playing in the NFL.

“I retired three times; you’d think I’d be an expert, which I was at that part,” Favre said. “But I never really got away. It didn’t last long. I really never knew what it would be like when I was not out there.

“You can’t cut grass and get the same feeling as throwing a touchdown pass to Sterling Sharpe, but the good news is, when the first regular-season game was underway the following year after I retired, I didn’t feel like I needed to be there.”

CINCINNATI — Believe it or not, Vontaze Burfict’s first day of a new football season is a lot like your kids’ first day of school: full of nerves, butterflies and excitement.

“The first day out here I had the little jitterbugs,” the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker said late Thursday. “[But] I felt good and my injury feels good. Everyone else had three days ahead of me with pads and everything, so the first day I put pads on I felt a little heavy. But you just have to get used to it.”

Burfict was back in the Bengals’ practice lineup after missing the start of training camp with an undisclosed injury that landed him on Cincinnati’s active/non-football injury list just before camp started. He came off that list early Thursday.

Last month, coach Marvin Lewis said he has no plans to play Burfict in preseason games. Much of the coach’s reasoning stems from the fact that he believes he knows what Burfict can do on the field, and he also wants to keep Burfict as healthy as possible ahead of his looming three-game suspension.

Burfict will miss the first three games of the season due to his sometimes overly aggressive playing style. A hit to the head of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown in the Bengals’ playoff loss to Pittsburgh in January was the tipping point for the league.

Lewis reiterated Thursday his desire to hold Burfict’s contact to a minimum.

“I’m not looking for anything special out of Vontaze,” Lewis said. “Just go out and practice and do his job. This is not an eye-opening day for Vontaze Burfict, so nothing special out of him. Just stay healthy.”