Report: Favre may not return without Starr

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, right, talks with former Packers quarterback Bart Starr, left, before the NFC championship game against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on Jan. 20, 2008.

Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre is reportedly backing out of his plan to attend a game this season at Lambeau Field, according to ESPN.

Favre was expected to make his first trip to Green Bay since his retirement when the Packers host the Chicago Bears for a Sunday Night Football game Nov. 9, per ESPN. A significant part of that plan was to have former Packers quarterback Bart Starr join him as an honorary captain.

With Starr's health in decline following two strokes and a heart attack, ESPN reported Favre is hesitant to attend a game at Lambeau Field until Starr is able to join him.

Packers director of public affairs Aaron Popkey emailed the following statement to Press-Gazette Media:

"We've been discussing with Brett a possible visit to Lambeau Field this season, but it has not been finalized. Bart has been part of those plans and we continue to wish him the best in his recovery. We look forward to hosting Brett and Bart at some point in the future."

The Packers hoped to host Favre for a game this season in advance of his induction into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2015. Green Bay's goal is to conclude Favre's induction into the team's hall of fame before he's eligible to be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

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