GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -Brett Favre is leaning toward returning for another season with the Green Bay Packers, according to comments he made to his hometown newspaper.
In a story in posted on the Web site of the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun-Herald on Thursday, Favre said he isn't approaching Saturday's playoff game against Seattle like it will be his final game in Green Bay. He seemed more optimistic than in years past about returning.
``For the first time in three years, I haven't thought this could be my last game,'' Favre told the newspaper. ``I would like to continue longer.''
Favre's now-annual flirtation with retirement has taken on a life of its own in Wisconsin. He has taken weeks and even months in recent years to make his decision.
While it has been widely assumed that he would come back to play next season after having one of the best years of his career, Favre and Packers coach Mike McCarthy have said the quarterback would wait until after the season to address the issue.
Favre's favorite receiver, Donald Driver, said Wednesday he hoped Favre would return.
``Oh, yeah. Of course,'' Driver said. ``I hope so. ... But I don't know. I hope he comes back, but if not, he had a great career. I'm happy for that, and I'm glad I'm a part of it.''
Favre is not scheduled to speak to the media again before Saturday's game. McCarthy was to speak to reporters Thursday afternoon.

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