Packers: Favre officially on reserve/retired list

Updated: April 26, 2008, 10:07 PM ET
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The Green Bay Packers placed quarterback Brett Favre on the NFL reserve-retired list Friday, effectively further shutting the door on his coming out of retirement.

General manager Ted Thompson says the move, which means the legendary QB no longer counts on the team's 80-player roster, was "procedural in nature" ahead of the NFL draft.

"Both [coach] Mike McCarthy and I have spoken to Brett over the past several days," Thompson said in a statement. "Brett knew this change in his roster status was coming, and he fully understood our need to make the move in advance of the NFL draft."

The 38-year-old Favre announced his retirement March 6 in an emotional news conference, although he hasn't signed his official retirement papers. Green Bay officials say they only consider that final step a formality.

"The NFL does not require a letter for a player to be placed in a reserve/retired status," Thompson was quoted as saying by The Green Bay Gazette. "Brett has announced his retirement publicly and this is simply a personnel transaction made to develop a roster opportunity for the Packers."

The team has announced it will retire the three-time MVP's No. 4 when the season starts in September.Thompson also says the team has waived three offensive linemen -- Tony Palmer, Chris Patrick and Cliff Washburn -- to reduce the active roster to 68 players.

Palmer played in a pair of games in 2007 before sustaining a season-ending neck injury. Patrick and Washburn were on the team's practice squad before signing contracts for 2008.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.