Packers pull Favre back a little bit

Published 2:01 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Brett Favre was held out of the Green Bay Packers’ practices last week because of a sore right shoulder.

“I probably could practice, but it really don’t make a lot of sense to go out and make it any worse,” Favre said. “I think it’s probably just tendinitis or something like that.”

Coach Mike McCarthy said the medical staff doesn’t consider the injury serious.

Favre, however, won’t be on the field next Monday and Tuesday, when the Packers conclude their workouts.

That means the 37-year-old quarterback will have been on the field for seven of the 12 organizied-team-activity practices, which have been spread over three weeks. He also was held out of the first workout May 30.

Despite the physical setback, McCarthy was pleased with Favre’s work both on and off the field as the team turns its sights to the start of training camp in late July.

“The biggest thing we got out of Brett being here No. 1 is to be around the younger guys (and) doing the adjustments we’ve made in our scheme getting ready for the season,” McCarthy said. “I was late for practice today because I was with Brett going through some of the red-zone and third-down adjustments that we’ve made, just finalizing that and making sure were on the same page.”

• In other NFL news, former Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington was hospitalized Monday with serious but not life-threatening injuries after his motorcycle crashed on a highway ramp.

Arrington lost control and hit a guardrail, Maryland State Police Sgt. Russell Newell said. He said police did not know how fast Arrington was traveling.

Arrington, who turns 29 Wednesday, was wearing a helmet and alcohol was not involved in the accident, Newell said. Arrington was issued two citations — one for operating the motorcycle without a proper license and the other for the crash itself.

Arrington’s attorney, Rosalyn Pugh, said the former Redskins and Giants player had “a few broken bones, which you might expect from a motorcycle accident.” She said he had not had surgery.

Pugh said Arrington was expected to remain at Prince George’s Hospital Center overnight and his condition would be reevaluated in the morning. Arrington’s mother, father and wife were at his bedside, she said.

“I’ve spoken with his wife and she says he’s in good spirits,” Pugh said.

Washington drafted Arrington No. 2 overall in 2000, and he made three Pro Bowl appearances while with the Redskins. Arrington bought out his contract after the 2005 season.