Favre saga nearing conclusion, hopefully

I promise not to detail every development about the Brett Favre saga on this blog, but the most recent update should be of interest, mainly because it indicates the whole thing will be resolved soon.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told the NFL Network that he hopes something would be resolved by Monday. Here's part of what he said, courtesy of SI.com:

"I think we have to force it," Goodell said. "I think it's come to the point where there need to be some decisions made on behalf of the Packers, on behalf of Brett, on behalf of all the fans."

If you're like me, you really don't care what happens at this point. You just want it to be over so something else can lead SportsCenter and we can move on to thinking about the actual season.

In other news, the Panthers have suspended wide receiver Steve Smith for the first two regular-season games without pay. Smith broke teammate Ken Lucas' nose in a fight at training camp Friday.

And finally, Michael Strahan visited Cowboys training camp on Friday, but it wasn't because he's thinking of returning to the NFL. Strahan was there to check out Tony Romo and company as part of his new gig on Fox's pre-game show. HBO's Hard Knocks, which will chronicle Cowboys training camp, will premiere Wednesday night, and will be discussed on this blog.