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Goodell expects to decide on Favre soon

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Alex Marvez

Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for FOXSports.com. He has covered the NFL for the past 18 seasons as a beat writer and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. He also is a frequent host on Sirius XM NFL Radio.

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From an NFL standpoint, the Brett Favre-Jenn Sterger saga is nearing an end.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that he would soon decide whether Favre is subject to league punishment for claims of sexual harassment against Sterger, a former New York Jets media personality, when both were with the franchise in 2008.

“I got a report last week,” Goodell said after a special league meeting focused primarily on labor talks with the NFL Players Association. “I expect sometime in the near future to be making a decision.”

The investigation, which began in October following a report on Deadspin.com, has dragged to the point that it may never affect Favre’s playing status. The quarterback’s streak of 297 consecutive regular-season starts ended Monday because of a shoulder injury and he may not be healthy enough to play again this season.

Favre also has announced plans to retire at the end of the 2010 campaign. That would essentially render a suspension useless, although a monetary fine could be forthcoming if Favre is found guilty of improper conduct.

Sterger's manager, Phil Reese, has said his client would like the league to ''implement a program'' to prevent unwanted advances - similar to those she's alleging Favre made.

Reese said Sterger wants the league to discipline Favre before his career ends. ''It's not a money story,'' Reese said, adding his client's goal is some acknowledgment that Favre was in the wrong.

Favre allegedly sent inappropriate text and phones messages to Sterger as well as photos of his genitalia. Favre has repeatedly declined comment about the matter but both he and Sterger have met with league officials about the matter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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