Favre's latest return welcomed by Vikings

Even when Brett Favre told the Minnesota Vikings he was staying retired at the end of July, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson had his suspicions.

After competing for the starting job for two weeks of training camp in Eden Prairie, Minn., Jackson and Sage Rosenfels had the rug abruptly pulled out from under them when Favre arrived at practice on Tuesday and took over.

“We knew all along that this was a possibility,” Jackson said. “You can’t always believe what you hear, especially on TV.”

Nearly all of the Vikings welcomed the three-time MVP and future Hall of Famer during his surprise arrival on Tuesday. But for Jackson and Rosenfels, it was a difficult pill to swallow after both believed they had a shot to lead a team that expected to contend for another NFC North crown.

“It’s not a good feeling but you have to take it for what it’s worth and try and get better from it,” Jackson said.

It was even more difficult for Rosenfels, who was traded from Houston to Minnesota this offseason with the express purpose of competing for the starting position, the first time he’s had that opportunity in nine seasons. He performed very well in Friday’s preseason opener against Indianapolis, completing 10 of 13 passes and leading two scoring drives. Now, it’s almost surely a trip back to the bench.

Roethlisberger case fought

A former Harrah’s employee has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of raping another worker and alleges that managers of the Lake Tahoe hotel-casino covered up the assault.

Stacy Dingman, the former director of hotels at Harrah’s, is one of nine defendants named in the lawsuit filed last month in Washoe County District Court. She said she is the former best friend of the woman who claims the two-time Super Bowl winner raped her during a celebrity golf tournament in July 2008.

The 31-year-old woman said in her civil suit that when she reported the incident to Harrah’s security, she was told she was overreacting and that she should not pursue a complaint, partly because Roethlisberger is friends with John Koster, president of Harrah’s northern Nevada operations.

Buccaneer suspended

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson on Tuesday was suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substances of abuse policy.

The third-year pro’s suspension begins Sept. 5 and will continue through the Bucs’ Oct. 4 game against the Washington Redskins.

NFL looks into fight rumor

Tom Cable went on the defensive Tuesday and the NFL said it would investigate reports that the Oakland Raiders coach got into a fight that sent one of his assistants to the hospital.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is looking into the situation to try to determine the facts of what happened.

A day after calling it “an internal issue that we are dealing with,” Cable denied anything transpired at all with defensive assistant Randy Hanson earlier this month. Cable allegedly punched Hanson in the jaw.

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