Favre undergoes ankle surgery, ready to torture everybody

ESPN.com is reporting that Brett Favre had ankle surgery and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune thinks he could be sending a message about his possible return.

Brett Favre has yet to inform the Vikings whether he will return in 2010, but his actions have made it clear he has every intention of playing a 20th NFL season.

The quarterback underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Friday in Florida to clean up scar tissue and other elements of the joint to allow for a better range of motion. ESPN reported that noted surgeon James Andrews performed the procedure at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze. Andrews repaired the partially torn biceps in Favre’s throwing arm last spring.

Although Favre is well-known to be averse to any type of surgical procedure, it does not come as a surprise he had this done considering the success he had last season in his first year in Minnesota. Favre, who spent 18 years with the Packers and played for the Jets in 2008, led the Vikings to a 12-4 finish and the NFC title game at New Orleans, throwing for 4,202 yards with 33 touchdowns and a career-low seven interceptions.


Surgery + Favre = Return.

Got it.

He was always coming back. The Vikings have shown zero panic over their quarterback situation since the season ended and the media in Minnesota isn’t hounding Brad Childress daily on whether or not he’s playing this year, so that’s a big indication that he is. In Washington, Mike Shanahan can’t walk past someone in the hallway without being asked if Albert Haynesworth is going to be at training camp. You don’t think they would be doing the same to Childress if everyone didn’t have a good indication already that he was coming back?

Brett is coming back. Thrilling.

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Favre finds latest excuse to skip training camp

Right on time, Brett Favre has figured out a way to skip training camp this year.

From ESPN.com:

Brett Favre has been informed he requires surgery on his left ankle to play the upcoming season for the Minnesota Vikings, and the quarterback is deliberating whether to have the procedure or simply to end his 19-year NFL career by retiring.

“We have spoken,” Favre said in an e-mail. “To play again, I would need the surgery, as I suspected. This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff. One year truly felt like 10 — much like Green Bay for many years. That’s what I was missing in my heart I suppose, a sense of belonging.”

Favre said he must determine whether his affection for the Vikings and his belief they are capable of winning the Super Bowl overrides his disdain for surgery.

He’s not going to retire. He never actually retires, so let’s just put that debate to rest. He’ll have the surgery, but he’ll make sure that his recovery time puts him on the practice field right after two-a-days and not a moment sooner. He had a similar situation last year, when he had a partially torn biceps tendon in his throwing shoulder repaired. He played then, and he’ll play now – as long as it’s on his terms.

The Vikings haven’t stressed about their quarterback situation this entire offseason, meaning Favre is coming back. If for some reason he doesn’t, Tarvaris Jackson will be counted on to be the starter, but chances are Jackson will be picking splinters out of his ass again this season while riding the pine.

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