Packers OT Clifton joins NFC Pro Bowl roster; Favre undecided

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Chad Clifton has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, but it's still not clear whether his quarterback will be with him.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that he doesn't know whether Brett Favre will play in the Feb. 10 all-star game in Honolulu.

"I'm not sure where he is on that decision," McCarthy said.

That decision, of course, pales in comparison to the bigger choice Favre must make this offseason: After a surprising 13-3 regular season that ended with a bitter loss to the New York Giants in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, will Favre return to play next year?

McCarthy said he spoke with Favre at length on Tuesday before the three-time MVP headed home to Mississippi. McCarthy advised his quarterback to take a couple of weeks to take the emotion out of the decision, then decide what's best for his family.

"We talked about all the reasons why to come back, and some of the reasons why he wouldn't come back," McCarthy said. "We ran through that gauntlet, and he's always been very open and forthcoming with how he feels about every situation."

McCarthy said he and Favre plan to talk every seven to 10 days.

Clifton, an alternate who will replace Seattle's Walter Jones, will join Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, defensive end Aaron Kampman and cornerback Al Harris at the Pro Bowl -- along with the Packers coaching staff, their consolation prize for losing in the NFC Championship Game.

McCarthy said that while the Pro Bowl trip will be enjoyable for players, coaches and their families, he'd prefer to be playing in the Super Bowl.

"I don't want to disrespect the Pro Bowl," McCarthy said. "It'll be exciting when we get there."

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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