The NFL said Friday it would review allegations involving the Vikings' Brett Favre, whom the website Deadspin said sent racy messages and photos to a former game hostess while he was the New York Jets' quarterback in 2008.
The league action comes one day after the site posted a video that included below-the-waist photos, said to be of Favre.
The Vikings will travel to New York to play the Jets on Monday night.
“We are reviewing the matter,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said when asked about reports that a person alleged to be Favre sent voicemails and lewd pictures to Jenn Sterger.
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Asked to respond to the Deadspin report on Thursday, Favre said: “I’m not getting into that. I’ve got my hands full with the Jets and am trying to get some timing down with our guys, so that’s all I’m going to discuss.”
Later Friday, Deadspin reported that Favre also pursued two female massage therapists who worked part-time for the team, according to one of the women. Deadspin did not identify the women, but a Jets spokesman said the team has contact information for the two women and was giving that information to the league. The Jets spokesman requested anonymity because the NFL investigation is ongoing.
The women were two of 17 massage therapists the Jets used during what they called two intensive recovery days in training camp in 2008.
According to Deadspin, one woman exchanged phone numbers with Favre, and the other woman told the website that the quarterback sent “nasty” text messages and invited both women to his hotel room.
VICK OUT, KOLB IN
Kolb will replace the injured Michael Vick when the Philadelphia Eagles visit San Francisco on Sunday. Vick didn’t practice all week because of a rib cartilage injury, and won’t travel with the team.
Though coach Andy Reid didn’t rule Vick out for the game until Friday, Kolb has been preparing as if he would play.
“I approached it like that all week, and that’s the way you have to do it, so it doesn’t change anything in my mind,” Kolb said. “But it just helps you focus in on that you’re the guy and you’ve got to go in and win.”
Vick was hurt in the first quarter of Philadelphia’s 17-12 loss last Sunday to Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins.
SIMS NETS NEW DEAL
The Detroit Lions have offensive guard Rob Sims under contract for four more seasons.
The team announced the signing Friday.
Sims, the former Seattle Seahawks lineman, has started all four games for the winless Lions this season. He started 30 games the previous two years for the Seattle Seahawks.
Detroit acquired Sims from Seattle in April for defensive end Robert Henderson and for an exchange of lower-round draft picks. Sims was Seattle’s fourth-round pick in 2006.
The Chicago Bears have officially listed quarterback Jay Cutler as out for Sunday’s game at Carolina. Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against San Diego with a right hamstring injury. McFadden is second in the NFL with 554 yards from scrimmage. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is uncertain whether Albert Haynesworth will be with the team for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. Haynesworth left the team after learning that his half brother had been killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn. The NFL fined Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan $10,000 for unnecessary roughness in Sunday’s loss to Denver. Finnegan hit Broncos guard Chris Kuper after Kuper’s helmet was off. Saints linebacker Marvin Mitchell was hit for $10,000 for a major facemask penalty against Carolina. Also fined: Eagles safety Quintin Mikell, $7,500 for a horse-collar tackle on Redskins receiver Santana Moss, and Giants linebacker Jonathan Goff, $7,500 for helmet-to-helmet contact with Bears quarterback Todd Collins, and $5,000 for unnecessary roughness. Former San Francisco 49ers running back Glen Coffee has been arrested on a gun charge in the Florida Panhandle. Fort Walton Beach police say he was arrested Thursday and charged with possession of a concealed firearm. He was released from jail Friday.