NFL Notebook: Favre slated to start Jets' next preseason game
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Brett Favre has a date for his first start with the New York Jets.
Favre tossed his first pass with his new team in front of an overflow crowd at New York's practice facility and coach Eric Mangini said he will start the Jets' preseason game Saturday at the Meadowlands.
Favre completed a 10-yard pass to Chris Baker near the beginning of Jets practice at their facility in Long Island. The 7,000-plus fans gave the iconic quarterback a standing ovation when he took the practice field and cheered again when he hooked up with the tight end.
Favre was acquired from Green Bay late Wednesday night and his first practice attracted more than double the usual crowd.
New England signed cornerback Jeff Shoate and placed safety Tank Williams on the injured reserve list.
Terms of the deal with the 27-year-old Shoate were not disclosed.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Shoate has played in 14 NFL games, all with the Denver Broncos.
Denver selected Shoate in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL draft and released him Dec. 4, 2007. He was signed to the Baltimore Ravens practice squad eight days later and he ultimately joined the New York Giants practice squad during last season's playoffs.
The Patriots signed Williams March 6.
The 6-2, 223-pound free agent has 59 starts in six seasons for the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings.
Cleveland released Gary Baxter yesterday, ending the safety's hopes of making a comeback from knee surgery this season.
The Browns released Baxter four days after he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to remove loose cartilage.
Baxter tore both patellar tendons on the same play in a 2006 game against Denver. The 29-year-old sat out last season while rehabbing and switched from cornerback to safety in an attempt to extend his career.
Detroit cornerback Stanley Wilson will miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles' tendon.
The four-year veteran was injured in Thursday night's preseason opener against the New York Giants, a 13-10 Detroit victory.
A torn Achilles' tendon typically requires up to a year of rehabilitation after surgery.
The man Michael Vick picked to help him navigate bankruptcy has been accused of helping swindle more than $500,000 from church members in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Bureau of Securities filed a civil complaint Friday that accuses David A. Talbot and two other men of spending more than $500,000 from investors on themselves.
The complaint says the men appealed to the investors' religious beliefs by telling some of them the money would be used for charity, including the purchase of a church.
Talbot, 54, described himself as a spiritual and financial adviser to Vick when the Newport News native and former NFL star filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month.
Peter Ginsberg, a lawyer for Vick, said Friday he was shocked to learn of the complaint against Talbot and said a motion would be filed in bankruptcy court to withdraw a request for Talbot to help in Vick's case.
Ginsberg said he hasn't yet spoken to Vick about the matter but said "there's no appropriate alternative."
Besides the complaint in New Jersey, Talbot has a history of financial troubles that were not disclosed in Vick's case.
First Published August 10, 2008 12:00 am