Different year, same offseason story for fans of the Minnesota Vikings or even just diehard Brett Favre devotees that hang on the Mississippi gunslinger’s every word. The word from this past week is that the soon to be 41 year old quarterback has undergone the necessary procedure on his ankle to remove scar tissue and bone spurs according to Favre’s website. Many will remember the severity of the ankle and hamstring injuries sustained by Favre in last year’s postseason and just how purple the two injuries were as seen in these photos.
It seems highly unlikely that Favre would go under the knife just to be more mobile in those Wrangler commercials or to be able to relax comfortably on his riding lawnmower at home, so all signs point to the veteran suiting up for his twentieth NFL season. There is no reason for the timeless quarterback to hang it up just yet after completing his most statistically successful season on record with 33 touchdowns to only 7 interceptions. The Vikes still have Favre under contract for the upcoming season for $13 million and their lack of urgency to go after a new starting quarterback in the offseason points toward Favre being the man for the job once again.
The timetable for Favre’s return to the team has already been made quite flexible by Head Coach Brad Childress who wants to give his gunslinger as much time as necessary to make his final decision. This surgery will require four to six weeks of rehabilitation before Favre can begin a running regimen to get himself into shape for camp with the team prior to the season getting underway. This left ankle surgery was the third procedure for Favre on that same joint which certainly complicates matters more in terms of scar tissue and a potentially lengthier rehab.
Much of what this procrastination on the Vikings behalf seems to mean and willingness to give Favre as much time as possible to rejoin the team says something about their confidence (or lack thereof) in either backup Sage Rosenfels or Tarvaris Jackson. Jackson led the team to the postseason prior to Favre’s arrival in 2008, but failed to win a playoff game in that year. This news certainly inserts the Vikings as a favorite to make another deep run into the playoffs in 2010 and perhaps get back to the Super Bowl for the fifth time in franchise history and finally win one after losses in their four subsequent appearances.
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