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EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- Brett Favre spoke with an NFL security official Tuesday about text messages and lewd photos he allegedly sent to a New York Jets employee two years ago when he played for the team, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.


The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the meeting between Favre and NFL vice president for security Milt Ahlerich were not made public.

ESPN first reported the meeting, citing unidentified sources.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said previously the Vikings quarterback would meet this week with a league official about the messages and graphic photos he allegedly sent to Jenn Sterger, now a TV personality with the Versus network. The website Deadspin reported the story about the married quarterback's alleged behavior toward Sterger, who has not commented on the report.

Favre arrived at Vikings headquarters in the morning, and reporters across the street saw his agent Bus Cook drive out of the parking lot in Favre's vehicle in the afternoon about 6½ hours later. Vikings players have Tuesdays off, but many of them show up for treatment or film study.

On the other side of the Twin Cities at a promotional union event, NFL players association executive director DeMaurice Smith declined to provide details on Favre's situation.

"I understand that he is meeting, or representatives have met or are meeting, with the league," Smith said. "When we meet and talk with players, I don't intend to play it out in front of the press."

Added Smith: "We represent every player. Our issues are to ensure that the process is fair, and we do everything to ensure that that process is fair."

The 41-year-old Favre is scheduled to address the media on Wednesday at his regular weekly news conference between games. This already would have been a high-drama week for Favre, with another return to Lambeau Field to face his old team in Green Bay. The Vikings (2-3) play at the Packers (3-3) on Sunday night.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- For many Green Bay Packers fans, Sunday night's game against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings will be yet another chance for revenge.

For most everyone else watching, the game will be a much-hyped -- Favreageddon 3! -- case study of a star quarterback performing in the glare of scandal and national television.

The game isn't nearly as emotional or personal for Packers players, who probably are more annoyed by questions about Favre than by Favre himself. Off to a shaky 3-3 start, they have bigger issues to worry about.

Still, linebacker Desmond Bishop admits he sick of watching Favre celebrate at the Packers' expense.

"I think that's the main thing that serves as a spark," Bishop said. "Not so much that it's Favre, but that he came and beat us in our house and he beat us there. We're definitely looking for some get-back."

If Favre can avoid the Green Bay pass rush as well as he has dodged questions about the scandal so far, the Vikings just might beat the Packers again.

"I'm a little bit reluctant to say I'm excited to go back to Green Bay," Favre said after the Vikings' victory over Dallas on Sunday. "It's a challenge that hopefully we'll live up to, and I'll let that other stuff take care of itself."

Several Packers players weren't even on the roster when Favre and the team went through a messy divorce before the 2008 season. And aside from veterans such as Donald Driver, younger Packers players who were around before 2008 weren't necessarily close with Favre, who had his own private dressing room away from the locker room.

So players will try to approach Sunday as just another game, even though it didn't turn out that way last year.

"Even though we came in as players and treated it as a regular week, it still had something in the atmosphere," Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said. "It's something that you can't explain but you know it's there. You know it's something big."

But maybe not as big this time.

"It's been done already," Williams said. "It's still going to be big but I don't know if it's going to be like last year."

Besides, the Packers have issues of their own to work out.

After coming into the season with Super Bowl expectations, Green Bay has been hit hard by injuries and is coming off back-to-back overtime losses. A banged-up defense is managing to keep the Packers in games, but the offense is stuck in a surprising funk.

"No disrespect to those guys, obviously they've had their own struggles, but we're having ours," wide receiver Greg Jennings said, referring to the Vikings. "We're not concerned about them. We have to focus on us and get us better. If we can fix in-house problems, then really whoever lines up against us it really doesn't matter."

Minnesota is in worse shape after a 2-3 start. But with Chicago leading the NFC North at 4-2 despite significant flaws, the Vikings and Packers feel the division still is up for grabs.

Packers defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins said it is too early to start talking about must-win games.

"It's definitely not make or break, but it's really important," he said. "It's something that we want and we need."

Pioneer staff reports