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Favre case won't be distraction unless he's suspended

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By Eric Edholm

The NFL is looking into the allegations that Vikings QB Brett Favre sent racy photos and lewd messages to a Jets employee when he was a member of the team in 2008, and the league is taking this seriously.

The word is that the process could be fairly swift. If Favre violated the NFL's conduct policy, he could be fined or suspended.

But right now, the Vikings' focus heading into their Monday-night game against the Jets is all about football.

The acquisition of Randy Moss has re-invigorated the team and fans, and Moss could give the team the offensive burst it needs.

Favre, who turned 41 on Sunday, is a seasoned veteran who has been through his share of controversies, on and off the field. The Vikings are a veteran group who are not prone to distractions.

The only way this case becomes a major distraction is if Favre is found guilty and is suspended. Otherwise, the beat will go on.

They are entering the toughest part of the schedule and must make hay now in order to salvage the season after a 1-2 start.

This is not meant to sidestep Favre's potential guilt or the seriousness of the story. It just is meant to say that the team won't be bogged down by this story unless something drastic happens.

Favre never has missed a game since becoming a starter during the 1992 season, and it's likely that he could avoid suspension given that he would be considered a first-time offender of the league's conduct policy.

Although things might change, until further notice Favre will have his mind squarely on football.

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