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Favre sharp in Vikes' win

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 08:40 AM
HOUSTON -

Brett Favre's ribs appear to be just fine.

He took plenty of hits and even delivered one.

Adrian Peterson scored on the game's first play, Favre played three quarters despite saying he might have a cracked rib, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Houston Texans 17-10 in a preseason game Monday night.

Favre told ESPN before the game that he thinks he had a cracked rib, but the 39-year-old didn't look to be in pain while getting sacked twice and taking numerous other hits.

He drew a penalty for an illegal crackback block to the knee of Houston's Eugene Wilson when he lined up wide in the wildcat formation in the third quarter. Wilson was injured on the play.

In his second game since unretiring less than two weeks ago, Favre was 13 of 18 for 142 yards.

BROWNS: Cut defensive back Rod Hood, a starter for Arizona in last season's Super Bowl.

CHIEFS: Rookie coach Todd Haley fired Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator and assumed the role himself, 13 days ahead of the season opener at Baltimore.

Haley refused to comment on the status of quarterback Matt Cassel, who sustained an apparent knee injury on Saturday night and could be out for a time. Cassel was sacked on the first passing play against Seattle and limped away.

EAGLES: On his weekly radio show Monday evening, Eagles coach Andy Reid said Kevin Kolb will start Thursday's game against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands and Michael Vick will play in the first half.

Vick will start the second half at quarterback.

PANTHERS: Released Ryne Robinson, two years after taking him in the fourth round with hopes he'd become the team's long-term answer at kickoff and punt returner.

PATRIOTS: Cut quarterback Kevin O'Connell, who had been projected to be Tom Brady's backup.

O'Connell's release came three days after Brady sustained what the Patriots described as a sore shoulder in a 27-24 exhibition win against the Washington Redskins.

RAMS: Plan to sit quarterback Marc Bulger in the preseason finale to lessen the chance of him aggravating a broken right pinkie.

RAVENS: Cornerback Samari Rolle will spend at least the opening six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list with a neck injury that could end his career.

STEELERS: Defensive end Brett Keisel signed a five-year contract, becoming the eighth player to reach a new deal with the team since it won the Super Bowl in February.

RETIRES: As expected, linebacker Tedy Bruschi retired after a 13-year NFL career in which he won three Super Bowl titles with New England and made a gallant return from a stroke.

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