Packers should know date for Brett Favre ceremony soon

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers have a date in mind to unveil Brett Favre's soon-to-be retired No. 4 and have asked the league for special consideration in order to accommodate it on this year's regular-season schedule.

“We’ve had some discussions [with the league office],” Packers president Mark Murphy said Tuesday before the Packers left for their annual tailgate tour.

Murphy would not say exactly what the Packers have asked for in terms of scheduling, but Favre's agent, Bus Cook, made reference to a November date during an interview at the scouting combine. Cook also said he hoped it would be when the Packers played the Bears.

"The best game would be the Bears," Cook said at the time, noting that Favre had some of his best games against the NFC North rival.

Favre's uniform No. 4 will actually be retired this summer, when he is inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame on July 18, but it won't go up on the Lambeau Field façade until a game this season.

With the NFL schedule expected to be released next week, perhaps as early as Tuesday or as late as Thursday, the Packers should be able to put the final touches on Favre's jersey retirement plans soon.

"I guess it probably depends on how the schedule falls," Murphy said Tuesday. "We've got some ideas on how things may go. I think it will be pretty quick."