The Minnesota Vikings never told Brett Favre to make up his mind by this week if he wants to play, according to coach Brad Childress.

In fact, Childress said yesterday, the team has no timetable for Favre to decide about coming out of retirement again to quarterback the Vikings.

"I'm not into predicting the future, you know?" the coach said. "We'll just have to see what's around the corner tomorrow."

The 39-year-old Favre, according to reports, had surgery on the partially torn biceps in his right shoulder last month and has not yet returned to full strength.


* Seahawks coach Jim Mora says Michael Vick deserves to be reinstated to the NFL, though it seems unlikely he'll get that second chance in Seattle.

Mora, who coached Vick when he was the Atlanta Falcons' quarterback, says he has paid his debt to society. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has not committed to reinstating Vick after he completes his 23-month sentence on July 20 for running a dogfighting ring.

* The New York Jets have reached a contract agreement with quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was fifth overall pick in the NFL draft in April. Terms of the deal were not released.

* Pittsburgh prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor drug charge against Steelers wide receiver and Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes. Pittsburgh police say they found three marijuana-filled cigars - or blunts - in Holmes' car when he was pulled over on Oct. 23. They pulled Holmes over because they were looking for a car similar to the one he was driving. Holmes alerted police to the drugs.

* A misdemeanor exposure charge against Buffalo Bills fullback Corey McIntyre will be dropped after authorities say a witness offered questionable statements. McIntyre was arrested last month on accusations that he fondled himself outside a Port St. Lucie woman's home about 100 miles north of Miami. *