Favre will be at nine of 12 Packer organized activities

Updated: May 21, 2007, 11:55 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Brett Favre didn't decide until last week that he would attend the Green Bay Packers' mandatory three-day minicamp over the weekend.

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There is no indecision on the part of the 17th-year veteran quarterback, however, regarding his participation in the club's organized team activities practices (OTAs), which begin May 30.

Favre will be on hand for nine of the 12 OTA sessions, second-year coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday as Green Bay wrapped up its minicamp.

The organized practices are voluntary and it remains uncertain which of the sessions, which run into mid-June, Favre will attend. But McCarthy made it clear that Favre's presence is key as the Packers attempt to improve on their record of 8-8 from last season.

"He's the leader of this football team," McCarthy said.

At the weekend minicamp, Favre was limited in the on-field work that he could perform as he continues to rehabilitate his surgically repaired left ankle. Favre has said that the ankle is progressing well, and that he could probably do more if he pushed it, but he and the Packers will err on the side of caution.

In the four minicamp practices, Favre worked only in individual drills and in seven-on-seven segments. He did not participate in 11-on-11 drills.

Because top backup Aaron Rodgers is still recovering from foot surgery, he, too, was limited at the minicamp. Second-year veteran Ingle Martin worked with the first-unit offense.

Attempting to quell some of the controversy surrounding his displeasure at the Packers' failure to land wide receiver Randy Moss in a trade, Favre again said over the weekend that he never requested to be traded to another team. He also emphasized that his unhappiness over the Moss situation were not meant as a negative reflection on his current teammates and receiving corps.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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