The Minnesota Vikings have decided not to pursue Brett Favre.

For now., citing sources, reported that head coach Brad Childress had expected Favre to show up at organized team activities yesterday. Farve failed to report and, according to the report, Rob Brezinski, the Vikings vice president of football operations phoned Bus Cook, Favre's agent, to tell him of their decision.

According to the report, the Vikings may reconsider. Favre had arthroscopic surgery 2 weeks ago to repair a partially torn biceps tendon.

Favre's family and friends are apparently expecting his return as, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, they have booked up to 30 rooms at the a hotel near Lambeau Field for the weekend of the Nov. 1 Vikings at Packers game.


* The Steelers have gotten their Super Bowl rings, 4 months after beating the Arizona Cardinals for the franchise's record sixth championship. The rings were presented at a private ceremony at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

* New York Jets running back-kick returner Leon Washington is unsure whether he'll report for the start of training camp if his contract situation isn't resolved during the next few weeks.

Washington sat out the first 3 weeks of organized team activities before returning last week.

* The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a multiyear deal with safety Nick Schommer, the first of the team's 2009 draft picks to come to terms. No other details were released.

* Pio Sagapolutele, a defensive lineman who played 5 years for Cleveland and started in the 1997 Super Bowl for New England, has died. He was 39.

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland said he died Saturday of an aneurism in Chandler, Ariz., where he lived. *