The Minnesota Vikings reportedly have told Brett Favre to decide this week if he wants to play this year.

Coach Brad Childress imposed the deadline on the star quarterback, according to ESPN. The network cited two unidentified sources yesterday on its Web site. The Sirius NFL Radio network, however, reported later yesterday without citing a source that a deadline is not in place.

When Favre retired in February for the second time, he blamed a partially torn biceps tendon for his poor play late in the season for the New York Jets. The three-time NFL MVP said his health was the main reason behind his decision.

With the Vikings interested in bringing him back for a 19th season, however, Favre has reportedly been considering a comeback contingent on the full healing of his throwing arm.

ESPN has reported Favre had arthroscopic surgery sometime in May on his ailing right shoulder, but that it hasn't responded. The report said the 39-year-old wouldn't return to the game unless he feels better.

Time could be running out for that.

The Vikings have another series of organized team activities this week, through Thursday, but only two more, scheduled for June 15 and 16. Their first full training camp practice is on July 31, but Childress has long called himself a "mother hen" when it comes to wanting all of his players working out at the team's facility and participating in the non-padded, optional practices throughout the summer.

Favre ran a similar West Coast-style offense throughout his years with the rival Green Bay Packers, but even if he's healthy he'd need some time to adjust to new terminology and new teammates - particularly the receivers.

The Vikings were unavailable for comment yesterday. Neither Childress nor Favre's agent, Bus Cook, returned messages.


* The Dallas Cowboys say there are no plans to bring back Adam "Pacman" Jones, the cornerback whose career has been marred by off-the-field problems.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones raised the possibility in a weekend interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. But team spokesman Rich Dalrymple released a statement in which the owner said, "I have no plans to bring Adam back."

After serving a 1-year suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy, Jones was acquired by the Cowboys last summer. He was released in January after problems that included a fight with his team-provided bodyguard and a six-game suspension.

* Seattle agreed to terms with seventh-round draft pick Courtney Greene. Agent Todd France said his client agreed to a 4-year contract.

* New England nose tackle Vince Wilfork said it made "the most sense" for him to stay away from the team's organized activities while he hopes to get a contract extension. Wilfork, taken with the 21st pick in the 2004 draft, is entering the final year of his 6-year contract worth an average of $1.5 million a season.

* NFL coaches Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants, Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans and John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens will be visiting U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf region this summer. Former coaches Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher also will be part of the latest USO tour involving NFL personnel.

* The Washington Redskins and the Virginia Lottery unveiled a $20 scratch-off ticket featuring the team's logo, taking advantage of a new NFL rule that allows teams to sign licensing deals with state-sponsored lotteries. The ticket has a top prize of $1 million, and second-chance prizes include season tickets for 20 years and a chance to travel with the team to an away game against the Cowboys. Tickets go on sale on Aug. 3. *