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Report: Favre will be fined no more than $50,000

Posted by: under Vikings, Bears, Lions, NFC, Leslie Frazier, Brett Favre, Leslie Frazier Updated: December 29, 2010 - 11:31 AM

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre will be fined as much as $50,000 but not suspended for his actions involving former New York Jets in-game host Jenn Sterger, according to NFL.com.

The league-owned website cites a league source in its report,  saying the discipline will be announced within the next few days. Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week while in town for the Bears-Vikings game that he wanted the case finished by the end of the regular season.

Favre, 41, allegedly sent inappropriate text messages and photos to Sterger in 2008 when he was playing for the Jets and she was working for the organization. The Deadspin website broke the story last summer and the NFL began its investigation in October.
 
Favre met with NFL vice president of security Milt Ahlerich at Winter Park in late October. Favre also had a brief discussion with Goodell last week before the Vikings-Bears game. Sterger met with officials from the NFL in the middle of November.
 
Favre would be disciplined under the league's personal conduct policy. The league's main concern was that this was a workplace conduct issue.
 
The main story in all of this was whether Favre would be suspended and thus end his NFL-record streak for consecutive starts. That, however, came to an end on Dec. 12 when the Vikings lost to the New York Giants. Favre did not start because of a sprained throwing shoulder that caused numbness in his hand.
 
Favre has said this will be his last season and if that's the case Sunday will be his final game. The Vikings will play the Lions at Ford Field. Favre did not play in the Vikings' victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday night because of a concussion, enabling rookie Joe Webb to win in his first NFL start.
 
Interim coach Leslie Frazier said after the game that if Favre can pass his concussion test he will play, but that has yet to happen and until it does Favre is not eligible to return to the field.

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