MILWAUKEE (AP) -Although Brett Favre plans to skip the Green Bay Packers' mandatory minicamp this weekend, he might not be excused by Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
McCarthy was not available for comment Tuesday, but team spokesman Jeff Blumb said that as far as McCarthy was concerned, ``the camp is mandatory.''
The Packers' three-day minicamp begins Friday, and Favre could face fines from the team if he fails to show up without being formally excused.
Favre told the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun-Herald that because he is unable to practice while recovering from offseason ankle surgery, he is going to stay home in Mississippi - where he'll apparently try his hand at party planning.
``They were going to have me sit out anyway,'' Favre said, in a story that appeared on the paper's Web site on Tuesday. ``To be honest, we have (daughter) Brittany graduating in two weeks. Instead of going up there and not doing anything, I will be better off being at home because of graduation parties and banquets.''
Favre said the move is not related to his frustration with the team's unwillingness to complete a trade for wide receiver Randy Moss.
``I am frustrated,'' Favre told the paper. ``But being frustrated and not going are not related.''
Favre spent Saturday grousing about the Packers' front office in a handful of interviews conducted at his charity golf tournament in Tunica, Miss. On Sunday, Fox Sports' Web site reported that Favre's agent requested a trade shortly after the Packers failed to land Moss during the NFL draft last month. Moss instead was traded from Oakland to New England.
Favre issued a statement through the team on Monday saying he didn't want to be traded.
``I was frustrated a couple weeks back when Randy Moss was traded to New England,'' Favre said. ``I never wanted to be traded and I don't want to be traded. I want to be in Green Bay. I want to finish my career as a Packer. Sometimes when I get frustrated I let my emotions get the better of me.''
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