NEW YORK -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed the league is looking into the allegations by the website Deadspin.com that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent inappropriate messages and photos via cell phone to former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger when he played for the team in 2008.
"We are going through that and we are making sure we understand all the facts," Goodell said at halftime of the Chargers-Raiders game, according to ESPN. Goodell said once the investigation is complete, "we'll make a determination from there."
There is a possibility Favre could be suspended, just ending a consecutive games streak that is at 288 right now. Just to clear up a point, according to the story, if Favre is suspended under the personal conduct policy he would have 10 days to appeal the suspension and it would not be enforced until the appeal is heard. However, the announcement of any suspension would be made as soon as Goodell makes a ruling.
That is different than the NFL's substance abuse policy, which calls for a suspension to be announced only after the appeal is denied.
If Sunday's reports regarding Favre come on his 41st birthday and as he's battling tendinitis in his throwing elbow that severely limited his throws in practice on Friday and Saturday. Favre, who recently had an MRI that showed inflammation, also is believed to have had injections in the elbow to try to relieve the swelling.
The "sexting" allegations against Favre have overshadowed the elbow issue but there is little question the Jets will be hitting him at every opportunity and NFL sources have cautioned against dismissing the tendinitis as no big deal. Favre missed three preseason games in 2000 while with the Packers because of the same problem.
If Favre has an issue throwing the ball, that will mean the Vikings have no choice but to hand the ball to Adrian Peterson at every opportunity. That actually might not be a bad idea but the issue is if the Jets feel Favre can't throw they might just load up the box.