Black and Blue all over: Will Favre seek reinstatement?

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
A jaunt through the NFC North this morning:

  • Although quarterback Brett Favre has been non-committal on his next move, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported he will petition NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstatement. The Packers would either have to add him to their roster or release him. "The assumption is that it will be sooner rather than later," the newspaper reported. Listening to Favre's interview with Fox News the past two nights, however, this move doesn't seem to be a certainty.

  • The Wisconsin State Journal offers details of Favre's interview that weren't aired Tuesday night.

  • Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress will ride in an F-18 today as part of a public appearance in Duluth, Minn.

  • New Chicago running back Kevin Jones signed a one-year contract but told the Chicago Tribune: "When I show them the type of back I am, then I may be a Bear for a long time." Jones' agent said he "fully" expects Jones to be ready to play when the season begins. (That would be a little less than 10 months after surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.) The Bears' backfield success boils down to a rookie or a miracle recovery, writes Greg Couch of the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Safety Dwight Smith, who moved from the Vikings to the Detroit Lions in the offseason, realizes he has an opportunity to salvage his career. "The last two teams [Minnesota and New Orleans] basically cut me," Smith said. "I feel like I have something to prove in that sense."