Time Might Save Brett Favre From Suspension

I’m not privy to what Brett Favre or Jenn Sterger specifically presented to the NFL, but given that we know that Sterger had enough to have a 3 ½-hour meeting with the league, I’m going to give the benefit of the doubt to Sterger.

What does that mean? It means that Favre could be suspended or fined for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.

Brett Favre
Brett Favre

But will it stop him from playing?

With Vikings coach Brad Childress getting fired today, it likely takes the on-the-field heat off Favre. And time just might be on his side for the off-the-field investigation too.

Favre will hit the magic number of 300 consecutive games played in five games and after that there's just one game left in the season. Time seems to be running out on the league to make a call on what seems to be more than a “he said, she said” situation, but I have to figure Favre has plenty of stall time that can be built in through an appeal that should get him through Jan. 2, the last game of the season.

By that point, does it even matter? What will league take if he says he’s 100 percent retired after that? NFL spokesman Greg Aiello would not say how Favre retiring would affect an ongoing investigation, but did say that the league has enforced violations of the player conduct policy on players no longer in the league.

Going out with the appeal still in the air doesn’t mean Favre wins the public relations battle. Sterger can pull an all out offensive and present to the media everything she presented to the league, but it would save Favre from having an embarrassing on-the-field ending to his career.

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